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Family Of Murder Victim: Home Was Targeted

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The family of a New Bern man killed in a home invasion Friday night believe the suspects knew the people in the home had just gotten their paychecks and they were after that money.

The family of 46-year-old Jeffery Joyner says one of the four suspects lived near their brother's home on Poplar Street in New Bern. Eleanor Simms says, "One of them stayed right around the block. We kind of felt like it was a set up. They knew what was going on, they knew when everybody would get paid, it was well planned." Simms says her brother and his roommates were, "Lounging around watching TV, he was in his room, his roommates were in their room and it was just terrible, terrible how it happened."

The suspects, 22-year-old Christopher Bryan, 22 year-old Titus Dawson, 22-year-old Kevin Henderson, and 19-year-old Dwyane Evans Junior were all in Craven County court Monday morning for their first appearance. All four are charged with one open count of murder, felony conspiracy and robbery with a dangerous weapon, and first degree burglary. They are all being held without bond. Their next court date is set for April 2nd.

Detectives believe the men went to the home looking for drugs or money.

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The family of a man murdered Friday night during a home invasion were in court today as the four men accused in the homicide appeared before a judge.

46-year-old Jeffrey Joyner was shot at his family's home on Poplar Street.

Dwayne Evans Jr., Kevin Henderson, Christopher Bryan, and Titus Dawson appeared in a New Bern courtroom this morning.

Lawmen report all four are charged with an open count of murder, felony conspiracy and robbery with a dangerous weapon, and first degree burglary.

Police say they found Joyner shot dead when they were called out to investigate a home break.

Witnesses told police that several men knocked on the door of the house around 7:30 p.m., then started to break in after one man in the home shouted to not let them in.

Authorities say two people escaped out a window, but Jeffery Joyner was shot and killed.

Eleanor Simms said her brother didn't deserve to die. She believes it was a conspiracy since other people who live in the home got paid on Friday and one of the killers may have known that.

As for the four suspects, they are being held without bond and their next court date is April 2nd.


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New Bern Police say they have arrested Dwayne Evans Jr., Kevin Henderson, Christopher Bryan, and Titus Dawson in the shooting death of 46-year-old Jeffery Joyner.

Lawmen report all four are charged with an open count of murder, felony conspiracy and robbery with a dangerous weapon, and first degree burglary.

Police say they found Joyner shot dead when they were called out to investigate a home break in at the 200 block of Poplar Street Friday night.

Witnesses told police that several men knocked on the door of the house around 7:30 p.m., then started to break in after one man in the home shouted to not let them in.

Authorities say two people escaped out a window, but Jeffery Joyner was shot and killed.

Police were able to arrest the four men seen running from the home.

Detectives believe the men were after drugs and money. All four are being held without bond. They’re scheduled to make their first appearance on Monday.

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New Bern Police have released the identity of the person shot and killed during a break-in Friday night.

The victim is identified as 46-year-old Jeffery Allen Joyner who lived at the home.

Police say they found Joyner shot dead when they were called out to investigate a home break in Friday night. Officers were called to the 200 block of Poplar Street about 7:40 Friday night.

Upon arrival officers say they found several people in the home & one person shot. Witnesses say they saw several people running from the house.

Four people are in custody for questioning but there have been no arrests yet.


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