Man Accused Of Greenville Murder Pleads To Lesser Charges

A man charged with murder will soon be going home without conviction, after the state offered a plea deal on lesser charges.

Willie Langley Jr., 25, was charged in Greenville with the September 2011 murder of 60-year-old William Cooper, a man many around town knew as "Bozo."

Langley plead guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter, possession of a firearm by a felon, and common law robbery.

Langley received a sentence of 19 to 23 months active, but has been awaiting trial behind bars for more than 32 months.

Langley's defense attorney said this means Langley will be released almost immediately.

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GREENVILLE (AP) -- A trial for a man charged with murder in Pitt County has been delayed a second time.

A judge granted the defense's request for more time to prepare for 24-year-old Willie Langley Jr.'s trial. It was supposed to start Tuesday after being first delayed in March. Prosecutors say the trial is now set for August.

Authorities say Langley shot and killed 60-year-old William Cooper outside his home during a robbery in August 2011.

Langley's case is one of 17 pending murder trials in Pitt County.


A man wanted for a murder late last month in Greenville is finally behind bars and will make his first court appearance Thursday.

Greenville police say they arrested Willie Langley, Jr. Wednesday afternoon at a mobile home park off Old River Road.

Langley was named last week as a suspect in the August 24th murder and robbery of William Cooper. The 60-year-old man was found dead in his car early that morning outside his home on Fleming Street.

The 22-year-old Langley is being held without bond.

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  • by citzens Location: greenville on Sep 17, 2011 at 10:48 AM
    the finace need to sit down somewhere and get her life together because they where made for one of another they both stay in trouble. where the parents to both of them do they parents see home and wait for a check each month another tax dollar going down the dream if he he did the crime nail him. for the finance get a life and stay in a child place.
  • by old family friend on Sep 17, 2011 at 04:47 AM
    I know his family and honestly I don't know if he did it or not but a lot of you all should be really ashamed wishing the death penalty on a person with whom you know nothing about or about this case. Whats so crazy is a lot of you wouldn't even be brave enough to say what you said up here to his family cause your behind a computer screen you got a little courage. I'm just going to keep him and all of "YOU" in my prayers because all of you need it. Whatever happens, happens but none of you have anything to do with it.
  • by gambler Location: washington on Sep 16, 2011 at 04:54 PM
    5Gs on 3 years
  • by NowUCallingJesus on Sep 16, 2011 at 01:52 PM
    People it's time to wake up. I heard they having a march for this thug Saturday. FOR WHAT? According to the news he murdered someone. Yall quick to say he innocent, but why was he hiding from the cops? or why hasn't "jigga" come forward with the person that committed this terrible crime? U live by the streets u die by the streets. PERIOD!
  • by Neice Location: Maryland on Sep 15, 2011 at 09:45 PM
    Great news!! Still doesn't bring my uncle back. He use to visit my grandmother several times a day. Imagine how she's coping ...if the sister can understand THAT!!! But, like I said before, my son is the same age. While his in son is on his second vacation from his JOB!!!!!!
  • by Why I love obama! Location: BLAHammedville on Sep 15, 2011 at 04:49 PM
    I lib the life I lib the fun I have no wife I have gun.I listen to rap ever day,I aint be out here to play.All dis media wid all this hype,they done know what it be like!
  • by businessman Location: Greenville on Sep 15, 2011 at 09:36 AM
    I heard his momma had 19 children.
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      by Earl on Sep 15, 2011 at 08:04 PM in reply to businessman
      The more kids you have the more $$$$$ money you make and get on welfare tax free. Obama set me free now I do not have to get a job.
    • reply
      by mom on Sep 15, 2011 at 11:01 PM in reply to businessman
      it aint none of your business how many children i have and if u a business man than u should mine your business and stay da f out mine how about u get a real life and accept JESUS as your personal savior.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 17, 2011 at 08:59 PM in reply to businessman
      Could she count that high?
  • by jeff Location: winterville on Sep 15, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    The case will get continued. That's how the local court system operates. No fair and speedy trial and no closure for victims and families.
  • by Gregory on Sep 15, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    I am so shocked by this story - NOT! Just another day in Pitt county
  • by In god's hand's Location: tarboro on Sep 15, 2011 at 05:38 AM
    I know my brother wasen't there. I wasen't apart of so called my brother is being charged for. I know he wouldn't do this. The streets are talk'n and and the witness that say he did it like everyone say u must have been there at the time. All u negative people with these negative comments. Know wat u are talk'n about. U can't judge a book by it's cover.
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      by Russ on Sep 15, 2011 at 09:20 AM in reply to In god's hand's
      He's just another loser that never should have been born that has never done anything but cause heartache and waste taxpayer money.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 at 09:43 AM in reply to In god's hand's
      I'm sorry you must prof read what you post. But then again you must have a high school education. Or at least one where the school didn't force you through just so you wouldn't drop out.
      • reply
        by practice what you preach on Sep 15, 2011 at 12:46 PM in reply to
        I think you meant "proof" read, not "prof" read. Don't be so judgmental, no one is perfect.
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          by Anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 at 02:57 PM in reply to practice what you preach
          Ok so I miss spelled one word. I have complete sentences and correct grammar. At least you can understand what I am saying in my writing. It's not being judgmental. It’s simply seeing what has been posted. And it seems to be a reoccurring event.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 at 09:50 AM in reply to In god's hand's
      Learn how to write and spell

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