Murder Charges After Victim Dies At Greenville Hospital

Two men will be charged with murder after police say a shooting victim died this morning at a Greenville hospital.

Jonathan Nixon and James Powell were arrested shortly after the shooting on Blandwood Drive in Rocky Mount and initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Police say Jessie Joyner died today at Vidant Medical Center around 7:15 a.m.

Police say the two suspects and another man were involved in a verbal dispute near the victim. They say one of the suspects fired from their vehicle, hitting Joyner while he was in the driveway. The other man was not injured.

Rocky Mount police will consult with the District Attorney's Office today and upgrade the charges to first degree murder against the two.

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