Murder Suspect Charged With Rape, Burglary

A murder suspect faces new charges for a 2009 break-in and rape in Bertie County after DNA evidence links the man to the case.

Selran Watford of Bertie County is one of the suspects in the Super Bowl night murder of Isaac Bland of Williamston. Bland's body was found in a creek.

Court records show that Watford is now charged with first degree burglary, second degree rape and felony breaking and entering of a motor vehicle.

The Roanoke-Chowan News Herald says the charges stem from a break-in and rape in 2009. After lawmen matched DNA from that crime scene to Watford's collected after he was charged with murder earlier this year.

A new state law requires suspects of some violent crimes submit DNA samples.



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The second suspect in a Super Bowl night murder in Bertie County is now behind bars.

Lawmen say they have arrested Tydreak Winston for the murder of Issac Bland. Selran Watford was arrested by deputies early Tuesday.

The Medical Examiner's office says Bland died from a gunshot wound to the left neck and ruled his death a homicide.

Bland, the father of three young children, was last seen Sunday night after he left with friends to go to a club in Bertie County. The Williamston man's body was found the next day in a creek.



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A father of three young children has been killed and two men have been charged with his murder. Bertie County deputies say one of those men is in jail while they continue to search for the other suspect.

Dead is 28-year-old Issac Bland of Williamston. Relatives tell WITN News that he had four year old twins, and a two year old son.

Bland's body was found in a creek off of Middle Tract Road Monday after lawmen received a tip. Sheriff John Holley tells WITN the body was recovered from the water.

Already arrested for Bland's murder is 22-year-old Selran Watford of Windsor. Watford is being held without bond in the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail.

Authorities say Watford lives on Morning Road, which is about a mile and a half from where the body was found.

Department of Correction records show Watford has been on probation. His convictions include assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, possession of a schedule VI narcotics, and simple assault.

Meanwhile, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Tydreak Winston, also from Windsor, for first degree murder. He has not been located at this time.

The 26-year-old Winston has previous convictions for indecent liberties with a child, possession with intent to sell schedule VI narcotics, 2nd degree kidnapping of a minor, felony B&E, and simple assault. He was last released from prison last March.

Bland's uncle says he, the victim and the victim's father all went to a Super Bowl party in Williamston. After the party, the uncle says Bland wanted the three to go to a club in Bertie County, but the others said they were too tired. Instead, Bland caught a ride with a friend around 9:30 p.m. and that was the last time they heard from him.

No cause of death has been listed for Bland. An autopsy for the man is scheduled for tomorrow.



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Bertie County authorities are investigating the discovery of a body. Deputies will only say the discovery was made in a rural part of the county.

The still unidentified man's body was found around 4:30 p.m. after they received a tip.

Lawmen say they are in the middle of their investigation and have called in the State Bureau of Investigation to help.

Right now they are treating the discovery as suspicious and so far no arrests have been made.

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  • by jlo Location: bertie on May 24, 2011 at 09:04 AM
    SPECIAL THANKS TO BERTIE DET.ED PITTMAN.THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE AND ALL YOU CONTINUE TO DO..
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 07:21 AM
    if guilty they should recieve the business end of a lethal injection... good riddance
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    Bertie police is doing an excellent job. Not like your neighbors. Keep up the good work.
  • by Unknown Location: Greenville on May 23, 2011 at 07:56 AM
    I'm so sorry for the families of all involved. As a Pitt COunty Judge says, "trouble comes in two's and sometime's threes"....and this just shows how right he is. And I must say that once again the DNA database that Debbie Smith fought so hard for has prevailed and shown WHY we need it to help the rape victims of society.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 03:43 AM
    Everbody think they no everthing.Shoot Man ya done know what it be like to be raised to listen to rap,I know dats right no what I say'n.
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      by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 05:12 AM in reply to
      No.
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      by SINGER on May 23, 2011 at 06:32 AM in reply to
      I CAN UNDERSTAND RAP BETTER THAN THAT STUFF YOU SAYING, YOU SOUND LIKE YOU SPEAKING ANOTHER LANGUAGE.
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        by Anonymous again on May 23, 2011 at 01:36 PM in reply to SINGER
        With all them caps be lock(yelling)maybe you need to stop singing a be a raps artformer I no dats right mmm mmm no what I say'n.
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          by Anti-NAACP on May 24, 2011 at 06:37 AM in reply to Anonymous again
          Anonymous, you are a TRIP! You seem like the kind of person I would enjoy having as my neighbor. I totally "get" your sense of humor.
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      by Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 06:15 AM in reply to
      Nice try, Poser.
  • by WISE ONE Location: WOODARD RD on Mar 11, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    To those who are defending the two criminals you are so ignorant! Remember that someone's life was taken and that his children will never see their father again.
  • by aknownass Location: infested county on Feb 18, 2011 at 07:52 AM
    Hey WITN have you heard about an inmate getting stabbed while working at the Perdue plant in Bertie?
  • by LEO Location: ENC on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    How many times do we have to read about someone getting killed by a kid who was "raised by good, God fearing parents" to grasp the reality of today's world ?? Once that child reaches 18, they are responsible for their actions. Having two parents who take the children to church and instill positive values is the ideal situation. But even those homes are experiencing the pain of having a child being killed or being arrested for killing someone. Once they walk out the door believing they "know it all" all bets are off. Quit blaming the parents for some poor choice their son or daughter made. I have never met a parent who gave their child a gun and told them to go out with the express intent of robbing and killing someone. The individual, regardless of age, did the crime and THEY are the responsible party. The jury isn't going to send mom or dad to prison because the child committed murder -- the child goes to jail. Good parents do help, but are still no guarantee that all will go well.
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      by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 04:02 AM in reply to LEO
      I agree with what you say, LEO, but don't you agree that parents and other close family members must know that some of these 18 years olds are packing heat and looking for trouble. Even if the parents are not legally responsible, how can they continue to turn a blind eye to their child's illegal activities? I will never accept that no one is this man's family knew of his previous crimes and if he had been reported he would have been in jail and not out killing.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    WTG Bertie co,You did a great job in getting that garbage off your streets. Thats how you do it.
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      by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 07:42 AM in reply to
      People in Bertie county need to get jobs. Why were there 4 middle aged men sitting beside a fence at 0747 this morning drinking 40's while i was on my way to work? just wondering.
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        by t.man on May 23, 2011 at 01:32 PM in reply to
        because u people are doing the work for me so i can seat back and drink my 40's all day thats how we roll around here.
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          by roll'n on May 23, 2011 at 03:03 PM in reply to t.man
          roll on into the river..
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          by nobody on May 23, 2011 at 04:11 PM in reply to t.man
          t.man, I heard dat.
  • by anonymous Location: illlwill on Feb 16, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    the boys who killed him they mmm make me sick they are wrong RIP Issac.
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