Trio Charged With Murder, Robbery & Kidnapping

Three men have been charged with the murder of a Stantonsburg restaurant owner.

Deputies released details Thursday afternoon at a news conference in Wilson.

Three men are charged with murder, first degree burglary and 7 counts of 2nd degree kidnapping, and two counts of armed robbery.

They are Reginald Atkinson, 36 of Farmville, Darryl Wilkes, 36 of Farmville and Stacey Atkinson, 18 of Walstonburg. Deputies say Reginald Atkinson is Stacey Atkinson's uncle.

Steven Joyner and Ellis Hunter III, both of Farmville, are charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Song Ni was killed Saturday night during a home invasion and robbery at his house in Stantonsburg. Ni was the owner of the Jin Jin Chinese Restaurant located across the street.

Those arrested are also tied to a home burglary in Greene County last week where the culprits were caught on a surveillance camera. Investigators say the release of that video tape led them to making today's arrests.

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  • by Love Location: Greenville on Aug 6, 2007 at 05:06 PM
    What I think this is obsered, I mean why are you pointing the finger, that never got you anywhere. Innocent until proven guilty.
  • by Laura Location: Wilson on Aug 3, 2007 at 09:19 PM
    Im against the death penalty 100% what is it going to sold sending these Men to death, 1 is still a baby. I think that they are innocent until proven guilty. Don't accuse and put that name on someone until you truly No.
  • by Beth Location: Greenville on Aug 2, 2007 at 09:02 PM
    Is everyone still opposed to the death penalty? All it takes to be murdered in the U.S. is to be a good, upstanding citizen!
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