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UPDATE: Gang-Related Murder Suspect Appears Before Judge

Leonard Williams made his first appearance in court on a murder charge Friday morning.

The man accused of murdering Dontae Haddock of Ayden was returned to jail under a $2 million bond.

Williams turned himself in to Greenville police Thursday. Two other suspects charged with accessory after the fact were arrested Wednesday.

Four people were shot in downtown Greenville early Saturday. Haddock did not survive his injuries. Police say the shootings were gang-related.


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WITN will be there Friday morning when a murder suspect and alleged gang member makes his first appearance in court.

Twenty-three year old Leonard Williams turned himself into Greenville police Thursday. He's charged with the murder of Dontae Haddock of Ayden, who was shot early Saturday morning downtown Greenville.

Police said three others were also wounded during the fight between rival gangs. Williams has a court appearance set for 8 a.m. Friday.


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Greenville police say a man wanted for a gang-related murder in downtown Greenville this past weekend is in custody.

Police say Leonard Williams turned himself in at police headquarters around 2:00 p.m. today.

Williams was named as the suspect in the death of Dontae Haddock during an 11:00 a.m. news conference.

Haddock was gunned down around 1:30 a.m. Saturday near East 4th and Evans streets.

Two other men have already been charged in connection with Haddock's murder. Broderick Harris was arrested Wednesday night and George Perry, Jr. was nabbed Tuesday, both on charges of accessory after the fact to homicide.

Investigators said the victim was a member of the Bloods, while all three suspects are members of the Crips.


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A suspect has been identified in Saturday's murder of a man in downtown Greenville. Now police say the shooting was gang related.

Police have arrested two men in connection with the crime.

WITN News has learned that court documents name Leonard Williams as the suspect in the death of Dontae Haddock of Ayden.

Police say officers were in the area of East 4th Street between Reade and Cotanche streets about 1:30 a.m. Saturday dealing with a fight that had originally started in a downtown club. They heard several gunshots fired near East 4th and Evans streets and found Haddock, who had been shot.

Williams is named in an arrest warrant for Broderick Harris, who was arrested late last night on a charge of accessory after the fact to a homicide. The warrant says Harris knew Williams committed the shooting and helped him escape from police. Williams has an outstanding warrant now for attempted murder and intent to kill. Police expect more charges for Williams.

The Pitt County Detention Center says Williams is not in jail at this time, while Harris' bond is set at $1,000,000.

A second man also arrested in the case is 27-year-old George Herman Perry, Jr. Perry has been charged with accessory after the fact. Perry was jailed under a $250,000 secured bond.

Investigators said the victim was a member of the Bloods, while all three suspects are members of the Crips.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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Greenville police plan to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Thursday to "provide updates on the recent homicide investigation."

Police have been investigating the murder of 21-year-old Dontae Haddock of Ayden. Three others were shot in the same incident downtown Greenville in the early morning hours on June 30.

Police say officers were in the area of East 4th Street between Reade and Cotanche streets about 1:30 a.m., dealing with a fight that had originally started in a downtown club.

Officers were working to clear the area when several gunshots were fired near East 4th and Evans streets.

Officers responded and found four people shot. Haddock was pronounced dead at Vidant Medical Center. The condition of the other three victims and names has not been released at this time.

Greenville police reported early on that several witnesses were not cooperating with their investigation.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at (252)329-4315 or Pitt/Greenville Crimestoppers at (252)758-7777 or by texting "PITTGV" and their information to 274637.


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