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Kitty Hawk Police Officer Indicted In Smithwick Death

A Kitty Hawk police officer has now been indicted for the death of an Ahoskie man who police say he kidnapped.

Ahoskie police say Raymond Jedele was indicted Monday by a Hertford County grand jury for the murder of Brad Smithwick. Yesterday we reported that Jedele had been indicted for Smithwick's kidnapping. Jedele has also been indicted for the armed robbery of Smithwick.

Police also say Smithwick's ex-wife, Janet Harrell, has been indicted for being an accessory after the fact to murder, kidnapping and armed robbery.

Today, Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh said the State Medical Examiner's Office in Greenville has positively identified Smithwick's body.

That body was discovered October 9 in a wooded area near the Edenton airport. Police say five days earlier Smithwick had been kidnapped from his Ahoskie home as he was leaving for work.

Police have never revealed a possible motive in the kidnapping and murder, and until today never revealed that Smithwick had also been robbed.

No court dates have been scheduled for Jedele or Harrell.

Jedele was suspended from his job at the Kitty Hawk Police Department after his initial arrest.

Authorities say Jedele is being kept in Central Prison in Raleigh, while Harrell is in the Hertford County jail.


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