NEW INFO: Nine High School Basketball Players Arrested

There's new information about nine members of a high school basketball team who were arrested and kicked off the team.

It happened last Friday at SouthWest Edgecombe High School. Deputies say after practice the nine players used a coach's key to get into a school concession stand and took various items.

Sheriff James Knight says video footage revealed who was responsible. In addition to being removed from the team, the nine were suspended from school for five days.

Those arrested for misdemeanor breaking, entering and larceny and possession of stolen property are:

Eric Williams, 16, of Tarboro
Duane McKesson, 16, of Pinetops
Delonta Dupree, 17, of Pinetops
Devonte Williams, 16, of Pinetops
Earnest McKinnon, 17, of Sharpsburg
TyQuavious Wooten, 16, of Macclesfield
Anthony Coley, 17, of Rocky Mount
Gerald Hinton, 17, of Pinetops

A juvenile was the ninth person charged. All were released on $500 bond.


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Authorities say nine members of the SouthWest Edgecombe High School boys basketball team have been arrested and charged with breaking and entering after an incident at the school.

The Daily Southerner of Tarboro reports that Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office says officers were called to the Pinetops school last Friday to investigate a break-in at the school and a concession stand inside the school.

The nine were charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering, misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen property. Among the nine is a juvenile. They have been released from the Edgecombe County Detention Center after being held under a $500 secured bond. It's not known if any of the nine have attorneys.

In addition, the suspects were suspended from school for five days and removed from the team.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:18 PM
    If they were more concerned with doing their schoolwork and practicing basketball instead of starting trouble, then they wouldn't be in there with the low lifes. I feel terrible for the coach of the team that has had to deal with these guys. They should be expelled from school and in prison for about a year for this. That behavior is unacceptable. If my son ever did such a thing, he would get cut out of my will. I feel bad for the supporters and the alumni for Southwest Edgecombe High School.
  • by hmmmm Location: tarboro on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM
    Its not about race, its not about the parents, but yet that fact that a few teens made a bad decision, though this may be on their record, its not the end of the world they can still have a good career, and have a chance. Chances of making it to the NBA are slim anyway, so a CAREER is the route to take. Whats the judge name on tv that started out on the wrong track with a life of crime turned things around and something out of himself. Dont give up on them, dont label them for this one mistake. There is still hope so dont write them off.
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      by Sam on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:19 PM in reply to hmmmm
      Judge Mathis I believe!
  • by Patricia Mumy Location: Whitakers on Feb 24, 2012 at 07:25 AM
    Suspended for 5 days???? They should have been expelled!
  • by john Location: pinetops on Feb 12, 2012 at 02:54 PM
    What u haven't heard is that the kids came after school hours and did this! Same as breaking into sumones house that's what's next. I don't care if they are black white Asian purple or anything in between they should be punished and they got what they deserved. Good for the edgecombe county sherrifs department for doing something about it!!!!!!!
  • by john Location: pinetops on Feb 12, 2012 at 02:54 PM
    What u haven't heard is that the kids came after school hours and did this! Same as breaking into sumones house that's what's next. I don't care if they are black white Asian purple or anything in between they should be punished and they got what they deserved. Good for the edgecombe county sherrifs department for doing something about it!!!!!!!
  • by country boy Location: havelock on Feb 11, 2012 at 02:08 PM
    Just drinks and candy today, tormorow its drugs and money, and then it murder. Don't destroy thier future with this one stupid error in judgement but give them a chance to "work" to off their record. Do not just give them a slap on the wrist and forget it. How about 200 hour community service, weekend tours to Pitt Jail house, let them taste the "fine" food there and see who their bunk mates may be. Some of them will learn their lesson, the others are just beginning their life of crime.
  • by Curmilus Dancy II Location: Pinetops NC on Feb 10, 2012 at 06:34 PM
    I am very disappointed in these players. I video their games and they have embarrassed the school and those like myself who have supported them. Once a crime has been reported and the media is made aware of it, those involved are open game. This is what happens when one commits a crime they open themselves up. When we make choices in life they will follow us forever be they good or bad. Once we make a choice we can not change it so we have to live the rest of our lives dealing with the choice we made. This is serious. The school had not choice but to report it to the law. Now the law is in control. Worrying about what the media reports is nothing compared to what will happen when going to court so that is where the focus need to be. Parents you need to concentrate on what you can do for the children versus what the media is reporting. Do you not know the media will be making another report after February 29? People are going to judge you and the students who made this choice but it ain't about those with opinions but all about the opinion of the court. So don't get caught up in the media that will go away but the choice your children made will not go away no matter what the outcome will be. Curmilus Dancy II SouthWest Edgecombe Class of 1981
  • by Anonymous Location: Pinetops NC on Feb 10, 2012 at 06:23 PM
    So what does my Sheriff has to do with this? Get his county together? More please.
  • by Linda Location: Winterville on Feb 10, 2012 at 03:24 PM
    These students stole the keys from their coach waited a few days to do the deed......really shows what little respect they had for their coach, school, parents and themselves. They should be punished and hopefully they might think twice before they decided to do something as stupid again. Parents should also take responsibility for the raising of their children.
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      by Wanda on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM in reply to Linda
      I agree that the students showed no respect for their coach who cared about them deeply or themselves. However, I am a parent and I teach my son to be self sufficient and to be a leader. Parents are held responsible for not teaching their children right from wrong; however at this age you really can't blame the parents, you know as well as I do that young adults have minds of their own. So, I wouldn't place this on the coach or the students parents, but on the students who made a the wrong call.
  • by YES on Feb 10, 2012 at 03:17 PM
    Fine young men, from a fine community. HA
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