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Potato Used As Silencer In Duplin County Cabbie Murder

Kenansville, NC - A convicted killer says a potato was used as a silencer in the death of a Duplin County taxi driver.

Anthony Kenan is the second man to get a life sentence after his guilty plea Monday to first degree murder.

Jessie Faison, Jr. was found dead in his cab in Kenansville back in May 2007. He was shot twice in the head.

Kenan told lawmen that co-defendant Brandon Rice devised a plan to rob Faison.

Kenan said before the killing they went to a nearby Piggly Wiggly and bought the potato. In court Monday, investigators say they found potato fragments in the cab. Several web sites say using a potato as a silencer is an urban legend.

The defendant told police that they called the cab that picked up the two men and a juvenile.

Kenan says Rice fired the first shot, then he fired the second round to make sure Faison was dead. Kenan says he took the man's wallet after the shooting.

"I go to bed every night crying, you always think you dad is going to pull up at the front door, but he doesn't," says Sarah Smith, a daughter of the dead man.

"Sending him to prison doesn't bring any closure, because his family will be able to see him again. We'll never be able to see our dad again," she added.

A month ago Rice pleaded guilty, also to first degree murder.

The district attorney says charges are still pending against the juvenile and another man who he says was involved in the murder.


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