Police Believe Murders Are Drug Related

Police have now identified two people found dead Friday in a home in Greenville and believe their deaths are drug related.

Shakeyta Woolard, 29, of Greenville and Keri Kenlaw, 29, of Washington were both killed in the home on Academy Drive. Police say the two were in a long-term relationship and that Kenlaw also lived at the Academy Drive home.

Police say multiple gunshots were fired inside the home and it was thoroughly ransacked. Detectives say at this point they do believe the deaths to be drug related and that the house was specifically targeted for a robbery.

There were four children inside the home at the time of the murders.

Interim Chief Joe Bartlett says Kenlaw had a prior criminal record for marijuana, while Woolard had other non-drug related convictions.

As far as suspects, Bartlett says multiple people were involved but they have no description of the killers.


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We are expecting to get more information on a homicide on Academy Drive in Greenville later this morning.

Police have been tight-lipped since responding to a shooting call on Academy Drive on Friday. A press press conference will be held Monday morning at 11:30 am.

WITN will be there and bring you the very latest on witn.com and WITN News at Noon.

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Police say two people were found dead inside a Greenville home this afternoon and they're now calling it a homicide.

Police units first responded around 2:15 p.m. to 314 Academy Drive for a shooting call.

Multiple police units, an ambulance and Pitt County District Attorney Clark Everett arrived at the crime scene as well.

Captain Rob Williams says one male and one female are dead from what Williams says are obviously not natural causes. Police are not yet saying what, if any, the relationship was between the two.

Williams says detectives and other officers are now canvassing the neighborhood.

Tax records show the house is owned by R&L Investment Homes of Washington.

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  • by a friend of both famlies Location: washington on Mar 23, 2012 at 05:30 PM
    people are loosing their minds, this is a praying time we need to keep both famlies in our prayers. to the person or people who done this I hope you know your soul is wanted in hell
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2012 at 05:15 PM
    I send my condolances to the family and friends. I used to read this website or watch the news everyday but I don't any longer. So many deaths by gun or cars that it's so depressing it actually makes me cry. What has happened to the world? It is changing at the speed of sound. Just one day I'd like to see all good things but I know that will never happen.
  • by WESTBROOK FAM Location: WASHINGTON NC on Mar 23, 2012 at 05:10 PM
    OMG RIP GIZMO & KITA
  • by L-DUBB on Mar 23, 2012 at 05:04 PM
    RIP GIZMO AND KEYTA! WE LOVE YOU!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2012 at 04:26 PM
    A murder in Greenville. Gee, what are the odds of THAT happening?
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      by dave on Mar 23, 2012 at 05:13 PM in reply to
      hahaha *snort* Its their favorite pass time.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2012 at 04:26 PM
    A murder in Greenville. Gee, what are the odds of THAT happening?
  • by shawdyyii Badd Location: greenville nc on Mar 23, 2012 at 04:18 PM
    Omgeeee its really sad people killing n dying left n right my heart n prayers go out to the family ;(
  • by Jamie Location: MS on Mar 23, 2012 at 03:53 PM
    It does not matter who showed up what matters is that 2 people dear to me are no longer here. You should be praying that it was not a person you know. RIP GUYS
  • by RipInPeaceCuz on Mar 23, 2012 at 02:48 PM
    Im at a lost for words but I can say I luv you Gizmo & you will be missed sorely cuz! :( Didnt know your girlfriend other than seeing you together but she will be missed to :(
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville on Mar 23, 2012 at 02:27 PM
    I have to ask the question... Could the Princeville incident be related to this one? Hmmm
    • reply
      by ? on Mar 23, 2012 at 03:56 PM in reply to Concerned
      why would you think that? I don't get that connection....
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