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Man Charged With Murder Last Week In Greenville Back In Pitt County

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A man who was charged last week with the murder of a Greenville man is now back in Pitt County.

Johnathan Wooten was brought to the Pitt County Detention Center Tuesday morning. He had been in a state prison when police announced his arrest last week.

Tahkaeem Staton of Oak City was arrested Thursday night, while Jerrell Jenkins of Hamilton and Demontai Battle of Rocky Mount were nabbed the next morning.

All four men are accused of shooting Willie Smith and Deontra Wilkes in the 600 block of Griffin Street around on May 23rd. Smith died from the shooting, while Wilkes survived.

A police report said they found evidence of drugs at the crime scene.
Warrants say Staton stole $40 worth of marijuana from Wilkes.

Wooten, who is from Rocky Mount, has been charged with murder, two counts of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a firearm by a felon and conspiracy.

His bond has been set at $2.45 million.


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Police now say four people have been charged with the murder of a Greenville man that happened back in May.

As we first reported this morning, Tahkaeem Staton of Oak City was arrested Thursday night in connection with the shooting on Griffin Street.

Now police say three others have been charged in that case as well.

Police say Jerrell Jenkins of Hamilton and Demontai Battle of Rocky Mount were arrested this morning, while Johnathan Wooten is also going to be charged. Wooten is in state prison and police are awaiting his return to Greenville to be formally charged.

Willie Smith and Deontra Wilkes were shot in the 600 block of Griffin Street around 9:15 p.m. on May 23rd. Smith died from the shooting, while Wilkes survived.

A police report said they found evidence of drugs at the crime scene.
Warrants say Staton stole $40 worth of marijuana from Wilkes.

Staton went before a judge this morning and had his bond increased to $2 million. Jenkins and Battle will likely go before a judge on Monday.


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A Martin County man has been arrested for the murder of a Greenville man, and the wounding of another that happened on Griffin Street earlier this year.

Warrants show that Tahkaeem Staton of Oak City is charged with the May 23rd murder of Willie Smith. He was arrested Thursday night.

A Greenville police spokesman said this morning they couldn't comment on Staton's arrest.

Smith and Deontra Wilkes were shot in the 600 block of Griffin Street around 9:15 p.m. that night. A police report said they found evidence of drugs at the crime scene.

Warrants say Staton stole $40 worth of marijuana from Wilkes, and lists Johnathan Wooten, Jerrell Jenkins and Demontai Battle as co-conspirators. A police department spokesman did say there would be more arrests in the case.

Staton had his first appearance this morning where his bond was increased to $2 million.


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The Martin County man arrested for murder and a handful of other charges went before a Pitt County judge early Friday morning.

WITN had the only camera crew in the court room as the state asked Judge Lee Teague to give Tahkaeem Staton a $2 million dollar bond.

Judge Teague agreed to the state's request, sending the 21-year-old Oak City man back to the Pitt County jail.

Detention Center officers said Greenville police arrested Staton around 11 p.m. Thursday one a charge of murder, assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and three charges of felony conspiracy.

Police have not yet released more details about charges against Staton.

Staton's next court date is set for November 21st.


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We are waiting to learn more from police about a local man charged with murder overnight.

Jailers at the Pitt County Detention Center confirm 21-year-old Tahkaeem Staton of Martin County was arrested around 11 p.m. Thursday night.

The Oak City man is accused of murder. He is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and three charges of felony conspiracy.

Staton's bond was set at $150,000 ahead of his first court appearance, which is scheduled for Friday morning.

We have calls in to investigators to find out more about Staton's case. As soon as we know more, we will pass that information along to you.


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