Police Charge Man Accused Of Running From Greenville Murder Scene

Greenville police have charged a man in connection with the County Home Road homicide from earlier this month.

Police say 20 year old Malik Weston has been charged with three counts of attempted murder in connection with the homicide on Rosemont Drive.

Detectives arrested Weston April 5th, the night of the murder, on drug charges, but have since gotten enough evidence to charge him with attempted murder.

Police say he is believed to be the person witnesses saw leaving the scene of the crash on County Home Road where officers found Zachary Russian suffering from a gunshot wound.

Weston is at the Pitt County Detention Center under a $1.5 million bond.

According to Pitt County Detention Center deputies, Weston will make his first appearance Monday morning.
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Three men accused of involvement in the first homicide case of the year in Greenville went before a judge for the first time Monday morning.

Police found 20-year-old Zachery Russian shot in a car along County Home Road in Greenville, near the Rosemont Apartment Complex Saturday night.

Russian was taken to Vidant Medical Center where he died Sunday morning.

Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden said Russian's death was the result of a drug deal that turned violent, something that has been the catalyst for other violence.

Police arrested and charged 18-year-old Brandon Maldonado, 36-year-old Earl Ward, and 41-year-old James Murray for their alleged involvement in the shooting.

The three men are all being charged with an open count of murder in connection with Russian's death and are being held without bond at the Pitt County Detention Center.

Monday morning a judge set Ward's bond at $2,000,001 secured, Maldonado has a $1,000,000 secured bond, while Murray's bond is $500,000 secured.

Ward has a criminal record, according to the Department of Public Safety. He was last given probation for a 2008 DWI conviction, while past convictions include assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Maldonado has two pending misdemeanor marijuana possession charges in Pitt County, while Murray had misdemeanor bad check and drug paraphernalia convictions.

Russian was a 2011 D.H. Conley graduate, and attended Pitt Community College until 2012.