FIRST ON WITN: Man Killed, Grandmother Shot In Craven County

A man, accused of killing his neighbor and wounding the man's grandmother, invoked his 5th and 6th amendment rights during a court appearance Wednesday in Craven County.

Anthony Wright is charged with an open count of murder for the shooting that family members say actually happened Monday night.

"Taking the 5th" often refers to defendants not making self-incriminating statements to authorities, while the 6th amendment includes guaranteeing those accused receive a speedy trial and be represented by counsel.

Killed was 47-year-old Daniel Winston, while Winston's 94-year-old grandmother, Mary Bennett is now listed in fair condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The shootings were discovered late Tuesday morning at the home on Dry Monia Road after relatives say Bennett managed to stagger out of the home.

A judge denied bond for Wright and his next court date is November 5th.


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A man is dead and his grandmother has been shot in Craven County.

Rescue crews were called around 11:30 a.m. to a home on Dry Monia Road, that's between Highway 70 & Highway 55 near Tuscarora.

Deputies say they have charged 35-year-old Anthony Wright with an open count of murder. Wright lived next door to the victim.

Family members tell WITN that 47-year-old Daniel Winston has been killed. Winston's grandmother, Mary Bennett is fighting her life with a gunshot wound. The 94-year-old Bennett is being transferred to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

They tell us the shooting happened last night, but was only discovered when the elderly woman managed to stumble outside Tuesday morning.

Deputies have not said what they believe to be a motive in the attacks.

"My brother, he wasn't a troublemaker. He really didn't bother anybody. He goes to work everyday, you know, and my grandma, she's 94 years old. The same thing, she's home every day," said Winston's sister, Tisha Chesnutt.

Winston & Bennett lived next door to each other.


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  • by mz j Location: craven county on Oct 24, 2009 at 08:19 PM
    I AM SHOCKED TO SEE THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE COMMENTING ON RACISM THUGGISM AND ALL THE OTHER B S THAT IS ON THIS POST I AM A FAMILY MEMBER OF THE VICTIMS AND I AM GRIEVING SHOCKED BAFFLED U NAME IT BEHIND THIS SENSELESS ACT AND I JUST CAME TO THIS SITE TO GET A LOOK AT THIS MONSTER TRYN TO GET A GRASP OF THIS ORDEAL WE MY FAMILY IS GOING THRU AND I STUMBLED UPON THIS!!! EACH AND EVERYONE OF U NEED TO LOOK TO GOD AND PRAY THAT THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN 2 YOUR FAMILY THIS IS A TRAGEDY THIS WORLD IS FILLED WITH UNPREDICTABLE PEOPLE AND YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE U WILL B WHEN ONE OF THESE PEOPLE WILL SHOW UP I CANNOT BELIEVE THE FOCUS OF THESE CONVERSATIONS WE ARE IN MOURNING WE ARE IN SHOCK WHAT IF THEE POLICE HADN'T GOT HIM IN CUSTODY WHAT IF AUNT MARY HAD OF DIED WHAT IF WHO KNOWS WHOM ELSE HE WOULDVE GOT I LIVE NEXT DOOR COULDV'E BEEN ME THINK BEFORE U TALK I AM DONE GOD BLESS U ALL
  • by New York, New York Location: New York City on Oct 23, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    To: OutsideLookingIn, trust me I know all to well were the numbers and statistics come from because I am an employee of NYC. Again with that being said I just hope that Mr. Wright get whats coming to him. My family and I feel that not only us but the world would be better off with him off the streets. That doesnt go for just him but any others like him.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Oct 23, 2009 at 02:13 PM
    New York, ms new york: People focus on the race of all criminals, and who their victims are, and the location of the crime. The General Public want to know what to look for; what race, the location, the targets. Criminals do come in all colors, but blacks seem to be in the news a lot more than other races be it white/philippino/chinese/middle eastern/brazilian/german/french/japanese/russian/etc... However, remember that all incidents, and crimes are reported city by city. If it seems like one race is reported more than another,it is based on police/HWY Patrol/sheriff's reports. So, it would give the 'snapshot' of the origination/perpetrators of the crimes. You can not argue with facts, witnesses,live videos, or law enforcement reports.
  • by New York, New York Location: New York City on Oct 23, 2009 at 01:16 PM
    I honestly think that ya'll are all a little touched. I dont understand why so many people are focusing on this mans race. Animals come in all different colors. He is nothing short of a low life that needs to be dealt with quickly. Think about people this is really my aunt and Daniel Winston a.k.a Junior was my cousin until some mindless fool killed him. What if it was your family going through this, would the race really matter? I think when its all said and done we all agree that he should pay dearly.....
  • by Mimi Location: ENC on Oct 23, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    My question is where was the granddaughter when all of the shooting was going on? Mrs. Bennett has raised her from a baby. There has been no mention of her in the news reports.
  • by ms. newyork Location: new york city on Oct 22, 2009 at 08:49 PM
    Why is every one talking about race here. I'm glad we were raised by decent grandparents who told us not to judge a man by the color of his skin, but by his character. Last I checked there's is crime in ALL races. My Family is going through a very rough time right now. We just buried another cousin less then 2wks ago and Aunt Mary's granddaughter in Feb. I'm praying for my Aunt and may God give her the strength to look this low life piece of crap in his face at his trail and put him away for good. At 94 yrs. young, she is still a tough cookie, and it was not by his hand that she would leave this earth. She feed that animal. No matter how much you tame an animal pretty soon he will bite.
  • by Vickie Location: Sylva on Oct 22, 2009 at 11:57 AM
    It's apparent color does not matter when it comes to the mahority crimesare committed by teh minority!If they looked at the stats along with color,then they just might realize too many need parenting classes.
  • by People PLEASE!!!!!!! Location: Nc on Oct 22, 2009 at 06:52 AM
    Here is all that needs to be said " May god bless this family! I am sorry to hear of your loss. People get a life and stop this mess with, what color does the worce crimes and ect!!!!!!!! Crime is crime, no matter who or what color they are!!!!!
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Oct 22, 2009 at 04:43 AM
    By the way, my handle is 'OutsideLookingIn' because I am not present at these incidences. WITN allows me to 'look in', by publishing these news stories. Thus, I truly am on the outside of the story, but I am lookin in at the report.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Oct 22, 2009 at 04:23 AM
    Coach M: I am just going on facts, and also replying to the equally baffeling comment by 'Sparkie', the comment by Concerned, Anonymous, etc. The issue came up before I addressed it, again, and I have a 'take' on the issue. It comes up on every story like this, cuz I read these comments everyday, and not just this news station, but others. Race plays a part in many crimes, but where is it recorded in the Bible that God wants all the races/cultures/religions to come together in one big melting pot? I haven't read that, but I will research it. Again, I base my comments on facts. WooW!: I was responding to previous comments, though they didn't pertain to the story; you're right about that. It happens all the time though.
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