Arrest Made In Case Of Missing Greene County Brothers

By: Dave Jordan/ Michael Baldwin
By: Dave Jordan/ Michael Baldwin

Sheriff Lemmie Smith of Greene County says they have arrested 19 year-old Robert Smith of Stantonsburg, NC in connection with the deaths of James and Antwan Cox. Robert Smith now faces two counts of murder.

Sheriff Smith says the arrests happened just before 8 o’clock Monday night. Robert Smith was arrested at his residence at 1268 Sand Pit Road.

The Sheriff credits the arrest to good investigative work and help from the SBI. Smith’s home was searched about a month ago just before the burned bodies of the Cox brothers was found behind a barn at an abandoned hog operation near Walstonburg on July 30th.

During the search evidence was found that connected Smith to the murders although the sheriff declined to go into detail about what evidence was found. Only saying, “he was a person of interest. During our investigation his name kept popping up.” At the time Smith’s home was searched, Sheriff Smith says the suspect told them, “he had nothing to do with it.”

After the arrest Monday, Sheriff Smith says Robert Smith declined to comment on his involvement. The cause of death of the two brothers has still not been determined according to the sheriff.

Just last week DNA evidence identified the body of Antwan Cox while his brother James’s remains were positively identified about two weeks earlier.

The brothers were last seen on July 22nd on Pelletier Road in Greene County driving in the families Dodge Durango. They had told family members they were heading to Falkland to pick up some tires but the two never made it.

Sheriff Lemmie Smith was able to get a hold of cell phone records which lead investigators to the Walstonburg area. Smith said he was traveling down Knox School Road when he noticed a gate unlocked at an old abandoned hog farm where the burned bodies of the two men were found inside the SUV.

Sheriff Smith says his investigation is ongoing. “We still have some persons of interest,” Sheriff Smith said Monday.

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Sheriff Lemmie Smith says Robert Smith of Stantonsburg has been arrested.

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A second body has now been identified in the case of two brothers who went missing from Greene County, their bodies later found inside a burned vehicle behind an old hog farm.

Sheriff Lemmie Smith says DNA records have been used to identify both bodies as James and Antwan Cox.

Sheriff Smith says deputies do have a person of interest, but they do not yet know the cause of death.

The investigation is ongoing.


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  • by partial sherriff on Mar 29, 2010 at 12:11 AM
    Sherriff Lemmie Smith only gives the benefit of the doubt to those who support him and his re- election for sherriff- I don't know whether this guy is deserving or not and I feel sorry for the families of the murdered boys just know that if i8t doesnt benefit lemmie smith or one of his "buddies" things seem to take the back burner....
  • by Too Sad Location: Greene County on Dec 22, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    Concerned 123, you are a true piece of work. If you know who is committing all these crimes, stop posting it on WITN and go to the police. You know why you can't ... cuz you are just running off at the mouth with no proof. Again one can not tell what one does not know! Robert is not in a gang & as for his family, you don't know what is being told to him.
  • by rock city on Nov 1, 2009 at 08:32 PM
    There are still some concerned citizen who are still waiting for more results in the killing of the Cox's boys. Don't think this issue is going to go to waste, because James and his brother were very important individuals. They deserve more out of life. They, too, were human beings who had a mother, a father, a sister, many brothers, and children who loved them and needed them. How in the world could someone be so cold hearted. You will get caught.
  • by Concerned 123 on Oct 26, 2009 at 08:09 AM
    So I see Robert still has not told on the others that was involved in these murders with him. So he is holding true to his gang by not snitching. Seems as if his family would talk to him about his future of dealing with these crimes which could result in death penalty or life in prison. It's so sad how this situation has turned out especially for the Cox family because the actual killers and the others involved are still walking the street and sitting at the joints in Maury going on with their lives. Still committing crimes such as the robbery of Aggies in Maury. Some of the same ones but different crime.
  • by jd Location: pt on Oct 25, 2009 at 08:15 PM
    Still waiting for more people to be lock up. Thank to the police and whoever else who is involved in the case. It time to get caught. These many 1.________, 2.____________, 3.____________, 4.___________, 5._____________, 6.____________, 7._____________, etc.
  • by jd Location: rock city on Oct 16, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    Away with all the crazy comments. Who killed these boys are more important now. Some of the society are still waiting for more boys to be arrested. Little Robert didn't do this by himself. There were others in that house with him. Noone want no murders walking around here thinking they going to get away with something. The police will get down to the bottom of this. this is coming from a concerned citizen that knows and believe that if CSI can find out who murdered who, so can our police force. A appraise goes out to them for doing such a great job. justice will be serve cox's family. Keep on waiting for more results concerning your children. Its more people involved. I'm hoping this comment will be posted so society will know what to stay focus on. Praying that all who were involved be found.
  • by JUANITA CARMON Location: GREENE on Oct 10, 2009 at 08:24 AM
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMES AND ANTWAN,RIP . THINKING OF YOU TWO ALWAYS, NEVER FORGET THE GOOD TIMES.MY PRAYERS GOES OUT FOR THE COX FAMILY.
  • by JUANITA Location: CARMON on Oct 10, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY JAMES Q AND ANTWAN REST IN PEACE.WE MISS YOU GUYS.
  • by don sherrod Location: wilson nc on Oct 9, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    i new all of these guy ,life is to short .think about what you are doing before you do it .
  • by southside bankcity Location: were u at on Oct 7, 2009 at 07:08 PM
    first and foremost let me say this and this james and antwan cousin i dont care what nobody say he let the animals in his house for the pray he knew what was bout to happen so how is he not guilty thats his business for taking a bid for something he supposedly not did. the cox boys come from a non struggling family so big sister james had no reason to rob anyone he more then likely done did something for u and your kids how many u got? exactly if you were taking care of them instead of wasting your time up here so much you wouldnt have time to talk about james you probably a groupie who got no play trust i know james showed love to his family and thats all that matters the people who did this must be cowards because of how they had to do it if you was a real g you would of approached him like a man and let him live obviously u didnt have the heart to do it and let him live. this dont make u a man u did it 4 nutn cuz u cant tell nobody keep it 1000 all the way dont b a part time gangsta
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