UPDATE: Person Of Interest Named In Homicide

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office has named the man who said he found his roommate dead a person of interest in the homicide.

A press release Monday night said 60-year-old James Powers is the person of interest in the death of John Smallwood.

Onslow County deputies say the 55-year-old was found dead at his Hubert home on Smallwood Road around 2 p.m. Sunday. The Medical Examiner's Office has ruled his death as a homicide.

In an autopsy performed Monday at Onslow Memorial Hospital, the medical examiner says the man died from gunshot wounds to the head.

The Department of Correction web site says Smallwood has several past drug convictions. The latest was in 2007 where he was given probation. In 1974 the man spent 3-1/2 years in prison on another drug conviction.

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  • by Eastern Carolina Location: Bogue Sound on Jan 19, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    Remember this man has family and they are grieving right now..
  • by d Location: jacksonville nc on Jan 18, 2010 at 10:04 PM
    its jacksonville onslow nc what more can someone say look back on the past to see that theres a history of these types of killings it has to do with drugs how ever u look at it sellers killing sellers useing robbing to get a fix or jeousy people tryin to come up vote out ED BROWN put a stop to conrupts
  • by Tom Location: New Bern on Jan 18, 2010 at 06:26 PM
    This man was shot in the head and all you say is that he had prior drug convictions? It's obvious he died from a shot to the head, not drug convictions. Couldn't you find something better to say about the man?

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