Man Strikes Plea Deal In Greenville Murder

There's been a plea deal in the 2009 murder of a Greenville woman.

Markelby Ward pleaded guilty this morning to the reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter. The 23-year-old man was sentenced to serve between 5-1/2 and 7-1/2 years in prison.

Killed was Lorraine Pearson in front of her home on Raleigh Avenue in August 2009.

A lawyer for Ward says his client confronted Pearson because he thought she had called police about shots being fired. The lawyer says Ward pushed the 47-year-old woman and she took out a razor blade. That's when Ward hit her on the head with his gun, and the lawyer claims it accidentally went off.

Both prosecutors and Ward's attorney says there was a witness to the shooting, but no one can find him.

Pearson's brother and mother spoke to the judge during the hearing. Both said the death was an accident and that Ward did not mean to kill her.


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  • by why Location: greenville on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:03 PM
    face it, case involves two blacks in the hood, and nobody cares
  • by TopShot on Feb 29, 2012 at 04:05 AM
    So hitting someone upside the head and your weapon "accidentally" discharging gets you 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 years. This guy will be back in Jail by 2020 after serving this sentence. PUNK!!
  • by mike on Feb 28, 2012 at 03:10 PM
    Let's make it clear it is pitt county's justice system not the normal justice system in north carolina. They are sitting things up to let the lewis kid off. Its a shame that we have to let all these criminals off so the court system can let a murderer go free or with little punishment.
  • by Jennifer on Feb 28, 2012 at 02:43 PM
    COWARD!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 01:38 PM
    This sends a really strong message to the community. Kill someone and you only will get a few years in jail. Great message DA and Judge.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 03:17 PM in reply to
      Yep......nothing but same ole same ole from our LAME USELESS GOOD-FOR-NOTHING "justice" system. Should anyone wonder why violent crimes are so rampant.
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        by NC Mom of 2 on Feb 29, 2012 at 07:56 AM in reply to
        This is the reason now I will be buying a gun because these punks are running around killing people and getting no time. If they mess with me or my children I will send them to see God.
  • by Ben Location: Kinston on Feb 28, 2012 at 01:28 PM
    Cases like these cost the public tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees if they end up going to trial. Then, chances are the individual will be found guilty of a lesser crime (second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, etc.) and get essentially the same amount of prison time. Like it or not, it's the system we call "justice" in this country.
  • by Ashamed of the Court Location: Greenville on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM
    This is so sad that a woman's life meant so little to the court system. And most likely, when he gets out for good behavior in a couple of years he will be killing someone else as he laughs about what he got this time. Sad, very sad that the public feels the need to arm itself out of desperation to stay safe.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM
    Is this a trend for judges and DAs? Has a human life of a crime victim become this cheap? I hate criminals and have never been in trouble with the law, but if I ever hear of the relatives of a judge or DA being victims of a violent crime, I will laught and laught and laught.
  • by tracy Location: stokes on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM
    What happen to do the crime,do the time...
  • by me Location: Bayboro on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:17 AM
    Evidently he did not kill anyone that meant anything to anybody so he gets away with little punishment.
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