NEW INFO: Murder Suspects In Martin County Shooting

Two men are now facing murder charges in a May shootout that left one man dead and injured another in the Martin County town of Oak City.

Frederick Taft is now locked up and charged with murder and attempted murder. Fernandez Taft, who faces the same charges, is still on the loose. Both are from Oak City.

Two other people were arrested in June on firearms charges in connection with this case.

Travonn Barnes died after the shooting on Chestnut Street. Gregory Collier was injured



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Two teenagers are arrested in connection to a Martin County shooting that left another teenager dead back in May.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office says 18 year old Patrick Staton of Oak City and 17 year old Jarrell Lovett have both been charged with discharging a barreled weapon into an occupied dwelling.

The shooting happened back on May 23rd around 10pm. When officers arrived to the area of Chestnut Street in Oak City they found two shooting victims. One of those victims, 18 year old Trevonn Barnes, later died at the hospital. The other remains hospitalized.

Authorities say the homicide investigation is on-going, officials ask anyone with information on the incident call the Sheriff’s Office at (252) 789-4500 or Martin County Crime Stoppers at (252) 792-8800.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 5, 2011 at 12:19 PM
    It is 2011 and the Taft was found guilty of only manslaughter not murder.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2009 at 12:15 AM
    You did it again thumper. I mean toby
  • by Tobby Iceland Location: nyc on Aug 14, 2009 at 11:03 AM
    Mr. Anonymous, I know you are not trying to cut on nobody becuase a lot of people on here are still talking like they are on some plantation so you didnt make no point. I spelled the word because wrong, but you got what,I was saying right.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 13, 2009 at 07:02 PM
    Tubby, here in Martin County we put the "a" before the "u" in because. Is that part of the problem?
  • by Tobby Iceland Location: nyc on Aug 13, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    I just want to make one request to the young people in Martin County, please learn how to speak and use correct grammer. Some of you all are wondering why you dont have a good job now or cant find a job, its becuase of your speech. I am going to comment on this case and I am not on either side, but I will say that our young African American males need to concentrate on college and doing some positive things for their communities instead of trying to be a thug. I am somewhat on both sides of the fence on this topic becuase people can judge, but dont know what they would actually do when put in the same situation. Young Black men need to know that being or trying to be a gangster is going to wind up putting you in jail or six feet under. My prayers and thoughts are with all the families becuase none of these boys are innoncent absolutley none, so we all must remember that.
  • by Anonymous Location: OAK CITY on Aug 11, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    I WITH YOU TAD.....
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Aug 11, 2009 at 02:55 PM
    The Taft brothers are a menace to society that are better kept off the streets. They need to keep or board'em, we don't care which. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR THE DAFT TAFT BROTHERS!!!!!
  • by cassandra Location: greenville nc on Aug 9, 2009 at 11:25 AM
    the taft brothers will be home soon the lawyer is going to help them threw this all. they are both good boy they would not have done this. we all just have to pray and they will come back home to us soon. FREE THE TAFT BROTHERS
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Aug 6, 2009 at 09:00 PM
    Oak City Native, they are going to prison for a long time, if they are lucky enough to avoid the needle. Fall back. Taft brothers should have done better for their age!
  • by Oak City Native Location: Oak City on Aug 6, 2009 at 06:42 PM
    Tad, Ra'chelle is my cousin and she is ten so fall back. So you need to fall back. She does good for her age. An she's right we still love them, they were in the right, protect your family and yourself. The Lord will see them home. We love both of you the after that night. FREE THE TAFT BROTHERS!!!!!
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