ONLY ON WITN: Sheriff's Wife Speaks As More Details Emerge About Kidnap, Murder Plot

More details are coming out about a murder plot to kill the Pitt County sheriff and his wife as well as to kidnap the daughter of an assistant district attorney. This as one of the victims speaks to WITN about the ordeal.

Willie Whitehead was charged yesterday for the plot against Sheriff Neil Elks and others. Whitehead was one of four people charged in the April 1st murder of three convenience workers at the Hustle Mart outside of Farmville.

Deputies say Whitehead planned to use the plot in order to get out of jail.

Warrants say Whitehead solicited inmate Brandon Johnson to kill Elks, kidnap and then kill Connie Elks, as well as kidnapping the adult daughter of Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Robb. Johnson has been in jail since March on drug charges. The court documents list the offenses as happening between July 1 and October 16th. Johnson has not been charged in the plot.

WITN's Lynnette Taylor spoke today with the sheriff's wife, who is a Greenville police detective. "What really bothers me now, even our grandchildren's daycare's have called and they want extra protection, so it affects them, and it affects the other children at the daycare center," said Elks. "It affects my daughter when she's in school at night in college, that we have to follow her home, back to her house. So again, our liberty and freedom has been stolen from us and we take this extremely serious."

District Attorney Clark Everett says his office will prosecute the case, even though one of the victims is related to his staff. He said the death threat case will be tried separately from the triple murder case.

Everett says members of his office close to this case have had extra protection for several weeks now after learning of the potential threat.

Whitehead appeared before a district judge this morning. His bond on these charges total $5 million.


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The man charged with plotting to kidnap and kill Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks and two others made his first appearance before a judge this morning, while the district attorney says his office will not recuse itself from the case.

Willie Whitehead, Jr. is back behind bars under a $5 million bond after his brief appearance Wednesday morning. Law enforcement officials at the jail told WITN that Whitehead made his appearance earlier than normal for security reasons. They also said additional security was brought in for the court appearance.

Whitehead has been behind bars for months. He is one of the four men suspected in the Farmville Hustle Mart triple murder on April 1. Deputies say during his time in jail, Whitehead has been plotting to kidnap and kill Sheriff Elks, his wife Connie and the child of an assistant district attorney.

Whitehead's new charges are two counts of solicitation to commit first degree murder and two counts of solicitation to commit first degree kidnapping.

District Attorney Clark Everett says his office will prosecute the case, even though one of the victims is related to a member of his staff. He said the death threat case will be tried separately from the triple murder case.

Everett says members of his office close to this case have had extra protection for several weeks now after learning of the potential threat.

Whitehead is scheduled to appear in court again on November 1.



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One of the four people charged with killing three store employees is now charged in a plot to kidnap and kill Sheriff Neil Elks.

Deputies this afternoon charged Willie Whitehead with two counts of solicitation to commit first degree murder and two counts of solicitation to commit first degree kidnapping.

Whitehead and three others were charged with the April 1st murders at the Hustle Mart outside of Farmville.

Deputies say their investigation shows that Whitehead developed a plot to kidnap and kill the sheriff, his wife Connie who is a Greenville police detective and a child of one of the assistant prosecutors in the case. They say Whitehead plotted the scheme in order to get out of jail.

Captain Paula Dance says they took the threats very seriously. "Certainly there were steps that were taken that were put in place to protect those people, things are still put in place to protect those people," Dance told WITN's Dan Yesenosky. "We're doing a very thorough investigation to make sure that this plot is not carried out."

A news release says Whitehead is accused of communicating his plans to other inmates and individuals that he could interact with outside of jail. Deputies say one of them cooperated with investigators.

Captain Dance says Sheriff Elks is very concerned for the safety of his family. "We know as officers of the court that those are things that we sometimes have to deal with, kinda steps up the game when your family is threatened, especially your children," said Dance.

Whitehead's bond has been set at $5 million for the additional charges. He will have his first appearance on the new charges Wednesday morning.


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