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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  • by Anonymous Location: Ahoskie on Dec 10, 2007 at 02:04 PM
    Does anyone know why this case has gone so long without anyone hearing anything about it. I mean those murderers are still behind bars aren't they? Just wanted to tell the Smithwick family that you are all still in our prayers.. The Nucor team misses Brad dearly. We Love you
  • by Judy Location: Manteo on Nov 2, 2007 at 01:23 PM
    Good job. Your cops is crooked.
  • by Unknown Location: Dare County on Nov 1, 2007 at 08:54 PM
    For people who were wondering why it takes so long for indictments to come down for murder, we must not forget that for those in law enforcement, they must have every piece of the puzzle in place before proceeding with the courts. If you start to rush the case and begin to make mistakes, it could cost you the entire case when it comes to rendering a verdict. And from what I have heard and seen, the police need to take their time and get it right the first time and find both of these cold hearted criminals guilty. It may not seem like things are going quick enough, but give it time and before you know it the case will go to court. I think the evidence will speak for itself and both need to receive the same verdict: Guilty of 1st degree murder.
  • by Martin Location: North Carolina on Oct 31, 2007 at 12:47 PM
    Thanks for the update! The vIRGINIA STATIONS forgot about us again.
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