Classmate Arrested After Fatal Car Dragging

A high school student is accused of murdering a fellow student, after deputies say the victim was dragged, hung up in the seat belt of his own vehicle.

Jamareus Mallory of Elizabeth City was arrested Sunday after deputies first got a call of a traffic accident on Lisa's way. There they found the victim, 17-year-old James Holley, Jr. unconscious outside of the driver's door.

Pasquotank County deputies say they learned Holley had been assaulted in his vehicle and was pushed out by Mallory. They say Mallory then started driving the vehicle, dragging Holley who was hung up in his seat belt on the outside of the vehicle.

Lawmen say after driving the vehicle for several hundred feet, Mallory crashed into a ditch and left. He was later arrested at his home and is being held without bond.

Both were students at Northeastern High School. A youth minister called on to help counsel grieving students said Mallory and Holley were friends.


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  • by Listen up.... Location: ENC on Nov 23, 2011 at 07:20 AM
    For anyone trying to make this crime just a 'mistake', or 'panic', needs to listen up. The fact is that this 'kid' knew what he was doing. Does assaulting the driver, then shoving him from the car sound like panic? A mistake? Sounds deliberate to me. Dragging a human just outside your door will make many sounds. Panic? Really? The problem is that you people saying things like mistake, or panic, just marginalize the situation. That means making it seem like it is less serious that it really is. Eureka! No wonder we have kids that act this way. The parents or friends(except the 13 year old who posted) make it sound not so bad, so the kids never learn squat. Get real people!
  • by CANT BELIVE! Location: north carolina on Nov 22, 2011 at 06:14 PM
    i knew both of thies guys the jamareus rode my bus. and his brother is my frend. and i can NOT belive hes stupid enough to kill an inocent man that had a job and was a good guy. james's brother is also my frend... i have nothing eles to say im shocked and im only 13 and... this just shocked me to see all of this happen on the next block from my house...i feel so sorry for james's brother i hope i see him in school :'(
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      by Chris J. on Nov 23, 2011 at 07:04 AM in reply to CANT BELIVE!
      You should be commended for your understanding of this tragedy. You may be 13, but you make more sense than most posters. Instead of taking one side or the other, you show us the raw emotion that follows this kind of event. Good luck to you.
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        by CANT BELIVE! on Nov 23, 2011 at 08:54 AM in reply to Chris J.
        yeah i knew thies guys and im just shocked that thies guys fought and this is how it ended :( jamareus should have had common sence in this but insted hes behind bars. while i was riding my bus to school isaw the ditch and it wuz distroied iwas sad and couldnt look any longer :(
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          by Stay In School on Nov 23, 2011 at 07:00 PM in reply to CANT BELIVE!
          You're obviously a fine young man. Please stay in school, learn how to write and others (including future employers) will respect you. Good Luck!
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          by CANT BELIVE! on Dec 8, 2011 at 07:58 AM in reply to CANT BELIVE!
          Ima girl hahaha anyways thank you im just telling you how my sunday ended ina horrible way..after church all this happend...tragic.....im just like sad about it still but im just guna keep on moving forward with myself and hope that james is ok up where he DESERVES to b....unlike the "friend" ihad that killed him >:(
  • by Anonymous Location: Henrico on Nov 22, 2011 at 02:45 PM
    Hate crime??? What a silly, superfluous notion. Murder is murder. Simple.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 01:25 PM
    "deputies say they learned Holley had been assaulted in his vehicle and was pushed out by Mallory. They say Mallory then started driving the vehicle, dragging Holley who was hung up in his seat belt on the outside of the vehicle". Sounds premeditaded to me. He KNEW what has was doing and MEANT to do it.
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      by Court Clerk on Nov 22, 2011 at 02:57 PM in reply to
      I am a court clerk for an undisclosed county. I have seen many cases. He will at minimum serve 70 years for the charges. So its a victory for society that he will probably die in prison!
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        by 40some on Nov 22, 2011 at 08:14 PM in reply to Court Clerk
        Hallelujia! Spelled it wrong, you get the point. Thanks for the good news, I hope you're right.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    Okay, so imagine yourself a young teenage boy who doesn’t know how to think before he does something. Do you people really think that if he meant to do what he did he would have went home and sat around waiting for the police to arrive and take him to jail?! No, I don’t think so. If it was your child you would not be saying any of this. You weren’t in Jamareous' head and you don’t know what he did or did not mean to do. Do you really think he went driving down the road with the door open? I think not, sometimes I shut my seat belt in the door and what if James was caught up that way and Jamareous didn’t know? See, I don’t think y’all see if from all prospectives. It’s not up to us to judge what happened otherwise all of y’all would have a law degree. He may not have thought through the outcomes but he’s paying the consequences and all we can hope for is for them to find out what really happened, he understands what he did was wrong and that he doesn’t do it again to someone else. This really isn’t any of our businesses so just hush. Everyone is so quick to judge but in a matter of seconds anything could happen, no one is perfect. Think of this experience as something to learn from and try to see the positive side of it. It’s easy to see the negative; obviously almost everyone who posted only saw the negative. Find something better to do with your life other than contributing your two cents.
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      by Law on Nov 22, 2011 at 01:11 PM in reply to
      Well, I do have a law degree and must say that I agree with some of the comments below. Remember, context and sociological labeling is part of the character process. People get angry over stories like this (rightly so) and it drives the story which in turn typically helps the prosecution. Both sides AND the public opinion are both just as valuable. I think their contributions are valid and should not be dismissed just as yours shouldn't!!
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      by 40some on Nov 22, 2011 at 08:13 PM in reply to
      Yep! You're right. A person could never drive around with another person hanging from the door just a couple of feet away, their arms flailing and bounceing off the door, and ever notice a thing. The sound of someone's body dragging the road and the tearing when it caught under the rear tire. Who would ever notice that? This crime is called carjacking, it's more serious than joyriding your moms car on sat night.
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      by Jeff on Nov 23, 2011 at 05:05 AM in reply to
      How can you tell other people to find something better to do with their life than contribute their opinions when you just took the time out of your day to share yours? Makes no sense. Regardless the guy killed another human being, he was in control of his own actions and now he has to pay the price.
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      by Jeff on Nov 23, 2011 at 05:09 AM in reply to
      I can't recall ever not knowing how to "think before I did something." Even as a teenager I knew that murder was wrong.
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      by upset on Nov 23, 2011 at 11:11 AM in reply to
      Anonymous are you serious, this boy killed james he dragged him to his dealth. he knew what he was doing he wanted to hurt him cause if not they would of never hit him at first from the get go.i'm sure the other kids out there was screaming for the fool to stop. he had to have know that he was still attached to that seat belt.you must be a relative or friend of the family of this boy. the boy scared now so he trying to say he didn't know james was still on the seat belt. how can we find something better to do with our two cents are you serious. the only person who stand by someone like this and say he didn;t mean it is his parents or close close relative cause in my eyes this jamarious boy should rot. and he needs to tell on the other fool that was involved the other fool they say hit james first the only defense i will have for jamariuos is that he don't need to go down by his self.
  • by Tired of such hateful crimes! on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:52 AM
    The best thing that can happen is to stop providing welfare and other financial support to these thugs so they can stop having and raising thug babies and maybe this vicious cycle would stop. I'm so sick of pulling up the reflector and witn website and seeing nothing but straight up thugs with no up bringing killing and robbing innocent people. You can look at their mugshots and tell that they have nothing but hatred in their eyes!!
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      by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:33 PM in reply to Tired of such hateful crimes!
      If you can't feed them, then you shouldn't breed them!
  • by MissYouAlready Location: Elizabeth City on Nov 22, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    How do you drag someone 800 feet and NOT know they're hanging there? That's roughly the length of THREE football fields; it's no short distance.
  • by Fed Up II Location: Greenville on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:24 AM
    Was this a Hate Crime.
  • by NHS Alumni Location: Greenville on Nov 22, 2011 at 04:47 AM
    This is just a extremely sad, tragic situation!!!! I don't know either of the two boys involved but this story is heart wrenching because of how that boy's life was taken like that! My thoughts and prayers are with the friends, family, and all that cared for and loved James Holley! Try to stay strong and trust in the fact that God makes no mistakes! Blessings!!
  • by 40some on Nov 21, 2011 at 09:55 PM
    DEATH PENALTY. If it were my son going to his grave because of this young man I would personally hand it out AND PROBABLY GO TO PRISON MYSELF.
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      by Dang :/ on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:14 AM in reply to 40some
      you dont even know him... how could you say death penalty? what if your son KILLED the other. would you say the same thing?
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        by 40some on Nov 22, 2011 at 08:07 PM in reply to Dang :/
        My son would be the victim before he'd be the criminal. My son's right here at home now. A teenager that's here in bed right now. How many parents can say that?
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        by 250 on Nov 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM in reply to Dang :/
        At 17 you know right from wrong. I do not know him either and he deserrves a death penalty. There is too much "ah he is so young" mentality as soon as the word T E E N appeaars in the description of a perp. I gotta what this kids track record was with his gerbil, guinea pig, or hampsters.
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