FIRST ON WITN: Arrests Made In Greenville Murder

A man released from prison seven months ago is one of two men now charged in a Greenville murder.

Donte Hardy and Reginald Jones, both 21-years-old, were arrested Monday by Greenville police.

The two men are accused of killing Jessie Staton in a parking lot on Chestnut Street on January 30th.

Police say robbery was the motive behind the murder.

Hardy is charged with murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon. Jones is facing murder and armed robbery charges.

The Department of Correction web site says Hardy was convicted in 2003 and served just under six years for three armed robberies that were committed in Pitt County.

Hardy was released in September after serving his maximum sentence.

Both men are being held without bond.


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  • by Tanz Location: a life...for a life... on Sep 9, 2009 at 12:30 PM
    R.I.P Jessie!!! iLy
  • by Barb Location: Greenville on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:35 PM
    It's a horrible situation and a real tragedy that someone ended up dead and two others are in prison. For what it's worth, the way the prison system is set up probably didn't help prevent the tragedy. Inmates get released all the time with little or no help in setting up a new life. It's not really surprising when one of them gets in trouble days or months after being released. Imagine for years having no rights and being dependent on the state for your food and everything else. Then suddenly you're released back into the real world and told, okay, do it on your own now. Find a job, no matter how bad the economy. Find a place to live away from the people who helped you get in trouble in the first place. Do that with no money and in spite of the fact that you have a criminal record. Many inmates are back out with less than they had when they went in. If they don't have a supportive family, forget it. The state needs to set up a structured program to help all inmates upon release.
  • by Tanz Location: a life...for a life... on Apr 19, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    just b/c you know them doesn't mean their innocent...did they tell you they were innocent??? naw...&& if they did ur not in your right state of mind to believe criminals over well-trained detectives..that detective did a gr8 job finding those two boys...&& for that my aunt is gr8ful..i understand life has to go on..&& sum1 isn't dead..my cousin Jesse Ray Staton is dead...we will soon come to accept the fact he is gone...but right now its too hard...explaining isn't called for...b/c ur just a female who knows them [two ppl breathing daily]...so why you sweating these comments if you still taking ur time to write them...you said "why keep making comments about it which are not helping??" then stop!!! b/c you're not helping the situation either... i would appreciate if you respect my family...Thank You..:)
  • by toya Location: gville on Apr 17, 2009 at 11:31 AM
    i knew tae n reginald n i know yall innocent..both of yall keep yall head up and dnt worry bout wat ppl out here sayin..life goes on..sum 1 is dead but life has to go on..y keep makin comments about it which are not helping?????? my point exactly
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Apr 12, 2009 at 09:21 AM
    Why is it that these thug's community always claims they didn't do it. They commit assaults, robberies, muggings, rapes and murders like clockwork, yet there are always illiterate people from their community claiming that they know "Day hart aint dat hard".
  • by i got ur bak bro Location: greenville on Apr 11, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    TAE I KNO U DIDNT DO IT U HEART AINT THAT HARD WE MISS U SO MUCH KEEP UR HEADF UP AND WE GOING TO GET U OUT THIS MESS U IN WE LUV U AND MISS U
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Apr 11, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    Justices is served now
  • by Tanz Location: a life...for a life... on Apr 10, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    your heart goes out to [them] && [their] families??? how about letting your heart go out to the victim's family...me && my family are going thru a hard time...&& just b/c you went to school with them you have (sympathy) for them??? ryte...thats the way to go...i think you are doubling your standards dude...R.I.P JEsse iLy
  • by Ricky Location: Greenville on Apr 9, 2009 at 07:17 PM
    I personally can't believe this at all. Its shocking. I went to school with both of these guys and it just doesn't seem real to me. All I know is I'm there age too and I can't even imagine being accused of murder. My heart goes out to them and their families.
  • by Tanz Location: a life...for a life... on Apr 9, 2009 at 10:16 AM
    so many people are saying they don't believe this...they don't believe that...well now its time to own up to it...nobody told them guys to do what they did...jesse didnt know he was about to take his last breaths when he left my aunties house...if i had one wish it wuld have been to bring him back...ppl say this isn't that serious...and its [mess] but its not...its reality...so get out of the 'fantasy life' and face this...im facing it! take this serious...learn from this...all my family can do now is gain strength throughout the years...and place our hopes over our fears...iLy JEsse R.I.P.
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