Potato Used As Silencer In Duplin County Cabbie Murder

Kenansville, NC - A convicted killer says a potato was used as a silencer in the death of a Duplin County taxi driver.

Anthony Kenan is the second man to get a life sentence after his guilty plea Monday to first degree murder.

Jessie Faison, Jr. was found dead in his cab in Kenansville back in May 2007. He was shot twice in the head.

Kenan told lawmen that co-defendant Brandon Rice devised a plan to rob Faison.

Kenan said before the killing they went to a nearby Piggly Wiggly and bought the potato. In court Monday, investigators say they found potato fragments in the cab. Several web sites say using a potato as a silencer is an urban legend.

The defendant told police that they called the cab that picked up the two men and a juvenile.

Kenan says Rice fired the first shot, then he fired the second round to make sure Faison was dead. Kenan says he took the man's wallet after the shooting.

"I go to bed every night crying, you always think you dad is going to pull up at the front door, but he doesn't," says Sarah Smith, a daughter of the dead man.

"Sending him to prison doesn't bring any closure, because his family will be able to see him again. We'll never be able to see our dad again," she added.

A month ago Rice pleaded guilty, also to first degree murder.

The district attorney says charges are still pending against the juvenile and another man who he says was involved in the murder.


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  • by Child of God on Mar 27, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    As for you Outraged this is for you: If someone came to my door and told me that my father had been murdered in cold blood I would feel the same way that the Fasion Family feels but I still wouldn't judge them because that is not my place. You see I have Jesus in my heart and the same way that God forgave us we are to forgive others that do us wrong. That's what's wrong with this world and the people in it like you and alot of others we try to convict people for wrongful crimes when that is not our position it is the position of the judge and jury. Only God can judge you and me and anyone else, because the word says ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME not you because he did not give you are Wanda that right. On judgment day we will all be judge according to our work so you should worry about what you do and not the crimes that these kids and anyone else out there have committed. That have to ask God for forgiveness and he will forgive them the same way that he forgave you. I will be praying for you.
  • by Child of God on Mar 27, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    For you Ms. Wanda God didn't give us the right to judge anyone because the word says ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE US and he is the only one that will judge us regardless of what you think. You don't know how they were raised becuase once kids leave the home that tend to do what ever they what even if they are following or influence by other kids. I wouldn't say that the parents didn't raise those kids becuase I don't know and neither do you. And the judicial system my have the the authority to punish them for their crimes but it is not for you or anyone else, because the same thing could happen in your family so don't judge someonme elses family. My heart goes out to the Fasion Family and I pray for them all the time and you should do the same and I also pray for those teens and their families cause alot of people got hurt from this tragedy. I will be praying for you and everyone else that leave those comments up here. God Bless All of You
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansvile on Mar 20, 2009 at 08:32 AM
    A Child of God, God gave us the authority to past judgment. I agree with Outraged,these teens' situation may have been caused by inadequate parenting skills or other factors, but the deed is done. So, the result is now being judged by God's authority. Read the word about murder and the authority of the people. Murder is irreversible. As for the Faison family, nobody or a decision can bring back your Dad, but know that God with bring good out of this terrible situation.
  • by Outraged Location: Turkey,NC on Mar 18, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    This message goes to "Child of God" I would really like to see what your view point would be if you got a phone call saying your father had been murdered in cold blood.These 3 murderers need prayer but Justice does need to be served. You can surely believe that there were signs of corruption in these people long before they committed this crime and it started in the home. Parents have to first raise children and brng them up in a way that is pleasing in God's sight. You can't raise children hanging out in the club, smoking pot and laying up with any and everybody.If you leave your children to the streets the Streets will raise them for you and this is the outcome that you get.This nightmare for the Faison family goes on daily. At least these murderers family members will be able to visit them in a state correctional facility.the Faison family family can only visit a tombstone Where is the Justice in THAT !!!
  • by Child of God on Mar 17, 2009 at 07:50 PM
    For all of you that think killing these young boys is the answer let it happen to one of your family members and I bet you want say put them to death. I pray that for all of you that post these outragious commits because they make you sound stupid so maybe you should put yourself in the shoes of those kids and I bet you will have a diffent attitude. First of all God didn't give any of you the right to pass judgement against anyone so keep you commits to yourself.
  • by robert Location: newport on Mar 16, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    What is really stupid is; If a guy is on "death row," and tries to commit suicide, They hire guards 24/7, to keep him alive...HELLOOOOOOOOOOO...
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Mar 16, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    Clifton, I think that a death penelty requires an appeal which can take years(and you know the cost of lawyers).
  • by hang-em-high Location: nc on Mar 16, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    Just someone else our tax dollars will have to support to put the state further in debt. Shouldnt even be such thing as life in prison, if you get life just as well go ahead and put you out!
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Mar 16, 2009 at 02:47 PM
    I have never, nor will I ever understand the concept that keeping a convicted killer alive for 20 years, or more, is cheaper than putting them to death. Just how much electricity, drugs , or whatever could it take to stop a heart from beating? It can't be very expensive because if it was, people would not kill people when they rob them. Two bullets did the trick for this person. It only seems fair that two bullets would bring on the same fate for these men.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Mar 16, 2009 at 11:37 AM
    Hang them all from the courthouse steps....
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