NEW INFO: Two Brothers, Woman In Court For Murder In Human Remains Case

Three people charged with murder after human remains were found over the weekend in Pitt County went before a judge this morning.

WITN's Carly Swain reports that Lester Drake was issued a $2 million bond for the murder of a man whose body was found Sunday on a farm near Grimesland. His brother, Harold, was also given a $2 million bond and if released would be subjected to electronic monitoring, surrender his passport and have no weapons or drugs in his possession.

The final suspect, Nakijah Howard, is also under a $2 million bond with the same restrictions. She told the judge she doesn't know what to do because she's never been in trouble before.

Sheriff Neil Elks says the body was found on a farm on Galloway Road which is owned by a brother-in-law of the Drake brothers.

All three were arrested two weeks ago for a string of break-ins and were already in jail when they were charged with the murder.

Elks says robbery was the motive in the murder which he says happened about a month ago. The sheriff admits this is a very unusual case where they have the suspects in custody, but do not know the name of the victim.



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The three people charged with murder in connection with the discovery of human remains over the weekend in Pitt County are due to make their first appearance in court Tuesday morning.

Sheriff Neil Elks says they have not yet been able to identify the victim in the homicide, but they believe the man is from New York.

Charged with murder is 60-year-old Lester Drake and his 53-year-old brother, Harold. Also arrested is 29-year-old Nakijah Howard of New York.

Elks says the farm on Galloway Road where the remains were found is owned by a brother-in-law of the Drake brothers.

All three were arrested two weeks ago for a string of break-ins and were already in jail when they were charged with the murder.

Elks says robbery was the motive in the murder which he says happened about a month ago. The sheriff admits this is a very unusual case where they have the suspects in custody, but do not know the name of the victim.


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Deputies said a Saturday tip to the Sheriff's office led to a gruesome Sunday morning discovery.

Detectives in Pitt County said they got a tip Saturday, triggering an intense search in the eastern part of the county.

Investigators said Sunday morning, they found badly decomposed remains.

Deputies said the decomposition was too severe to identify, so officials are awaiting a report from the medical examiner.

Sheriff Neil Elks is expected to further address the case mid-morning on Monday.


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