Family Of Murder Victim: Home Was Targeted

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The family of a New Bern man killed in a home invasion Friday night believe the suspects knew the people in the home had just gotten their paychecks and they were after that money.

The family of 46-year-old Jeffery Joyner says one of the four suspects lived near their brother's home on Poplar Street in New Bern. Eleanor Simms says, "One of them stayed right around the block. We kind of felt like it was a set up. They knew what was going on, they knew when everybody would get paid, it was well planned." Simms says her brother and his roommates were, "Lounging around watching TV, he was in his room, his roommates were in their room and it was just terrible, terrible how it happened."

The suspects, 22-year-old Christopher Bryan, 22 year-old Titus Dawson, 22-year-old Kevin Henderson, and 19-year-old Dwyane Evans Junior were all in Craven County court Monday morning for their first appearance. All four are charged with one open count of murder, felony conspiracy and robbery with a dangerous weapon, and first degree burglary. They are all being held without bond. Their next court date is set for April 2nd.

Detectives believe the men went to the home looking for drugs or money.

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The family of a man murdered Friday night during a home invasion were in court today as the four men accused in the homicide appeared before a judge.

46-year-old Jeffrey Joyner was shot at his family's home on Poplar Street.

Dwayne Evans Jr., Kevin Henderson, Christopher Bryan, and Titus Dawson appeared in a New Bern courtroom this morning.

Lawmen report all four are charged with an open count of murder, felony conspiracy and robbery with a dangerous weapon, and first degree burglary.

Police say they found Joyner shot dead when they were called out to investigate a home break.

Witnesses told police that several men knocked on the door of the house around 7:30 p.m., then started to break in after one man in the home shouted to not let them in.

Authorities say two people escaped out a window, but Jeffery Joyner was shot and killed.

Eleanor Simms said her brother didn't deserve to die. She believes it was a conspiracy since other people who live in the home got paid on Friday and one of the killers may have known that.

As for the four suspects, they are being held without bond and their next court date is April 2nd.


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New Bern Police say they have arrested Dwayne Evans Jr., Kevin Henderson, Christopher Bryan, and Titus Dawson in the shooting death of 46-year-old Jeffery Joyner.

Lawmen report all four are charged with an open count of murder, felony conspiracy and robbery with a dangerous weapon, and first degree burglary.

Police say they found Joyner shot dead when they were called out to investigate a home break in at the 200 block of Poplar Street Friday night.

Witnesses told police that several men knocked on the door of the house around 7:30 p.m., then started to break in after one man in the home shouted to not let them in.

Authorities say two people escaped out a window, but Jeffery Joyner was shot and killed.

Police were able to arrest the four men seen running from the home.

Detectives believe the men were after drugs and money. All four are being held without bond. They’re scheduled to make their first appearance on Monday.

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New Bern Police have released the identity of the person shot and killed during a break-in Friday night.

The victim is identified as 46-year-old Jeffery Allen Joyner who lived at the home.

Police say they found Joyner shot dead when they were called out to investigate a home break in Friday night. Officers were called to the 200 block of Poplar Street about 7:40 Friday night.

Upon arrival officers say they found several people in the home & one person shot. Witnesses say they saw several people running from the house.

Four people are in custody for questioning but there have been no arrests yet.


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  • by MadMax on Mar 13, 2012 at 04:08 PM
    it was a hate crime, a racially motivated hate crime
  • by so frustrated!!!! on Mar 13, 2012 at 01:07 PM
    These men should be punished for their crimes. It doesn't matter what race they are. It is 2012 and people we as a society need to stop playing the race card. We are all alike whether you like it or not. There is a bad person in every race. GET OVER YOURSELVES AND STOP THE HATRED..WE ALL WILL HAVE TO ANSWER FOR WHAT WE DO.
  • by shonuff on Mar 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    If he was selling, then the ones buying from him knew he was getting his stash, and would have cash. You can't be involved in this sort of thing and not expect trouble to come knocking one day. Sad for this man, he knew better.
  • by I "Hate" To Ask, But... on Mar 12, 2012 at 07:15 PM
    Can we at LEAST include the possibility that this was a "hate crime"? I mean, they MUST have known the guy, right? (at least one of them) Probably a few of them had been to the house? Maybe went to public school with one of them? Worked with them at McDonalds for a day or two? Maybe bought pills from/sold to....you see what I'm saying? If you KNOW someone, you almost HAVE TO have some dislike for them to go to the extreme of murder & robbery. . I know it's usually the other way around, because black people deeply love all white people, even moreso than their own people. But just this once, might their be some animosity residue from this vicious crime?
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      by shonuff on Mar 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM in reply to I "Hate" To Ask, But...
      lol I so agree with you. High time we use that card.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 06:28 PM
    Justice is dead. Wonder how all the authorities in the court system who have personally dealt with these suspects feel. Will they give them a slap again and continue the madness that has become our court's policy on punishment? They have chosen their path in life, all they need now is retribution. Fair and unequivocal justice is a thing of the past.
  • by p on Mar 12, 2012 at 05:26 PM
    Now yall know its racist to be talking bout these bruthas. They made a little mistake, thats all.
  • by J.D. Location: ENC on Mar 12, 2012 at 01:43 PM
    4 more fine up standing citizens that just won the lottery. No more work no more stealing and robbing and killing. Just lay back and take it easy. Free room and board free food and do not forget free medical and dental care and all the free TV one can watch. Oh I almost forgot plenty of free weight lifting and exercise and the most important an increase in their street cred.
  • by alana on Mar 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM
    I can not imagine how it must feel to sit in a courtroom and maintain composure while being in the same room wiath the monsters tht killed my family menber. How do you ever keep from just jumping on them and beating them as hard as you can. I would gladly take any assalt charge for that opportunity. It would be worth the charge, fines, etc. It would also be vry interesting to see what punishment a judge would charge for someone that assalted the monsters that killed one of my family members. Because of the way things are NOT being handled in Greeville I see that as a good option. (Yes I know this murder happned in New Bern) I think I would also visit the monsters behind bars to continue to "remind" them and share my thoughts with them.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 05:14 PM in reply to alana
      I would love to remind them what a hollow point .45ACP round looks like coming to their face at over 1,000fps.
  • by Old guy on Mar 12, 2012 at 04:57 AM
    Are you sure they aren't the Temp's?
    "Papa was a rolling stone"
  • by Phil Location: NBNC on Mar 12, 2012 at 04:30 AM
    Was Jeff Joyner the guy with the disease that made him look really old for his age?
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      by Snow Hill on Mar 13, 2012 at 05:27 AM in reply to Phil
      Yes, he was borne without any sweat glands.
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