NEW INFO: Five Charged In Murder Of Nash Co. Deputy

KINSTON, NC - Four people and a juvenile have been charged with the murder of a deputy sheriff last night in Kinston. This as the murdered deputy will be laid to rest Monday afternoon.

Lamont Byrd, 18, his older brother Maretto Byrd, 26, Kion Dail, 16, and Devine Slade, 17, went before a judge this morning in Kinston. They all are charged with killing Investigator Warren "Sneak" Lewis. Lewis was assigned to the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force and was attempting to serve warrants in a murder case when he was shot multiple times at a home on West Lenoir Avenue.

The younger Byrd and Dail, along with the juvenile are also charged with last week's killing of Thomas Hinton.

Deputy Lewis has been a member of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office for over 9 years. He has served on the Eastern NC Fugitive Task Force for the last three years.

The 38-year-old Lewis' funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Southern Nash Senior High School. Burial will follow at Hollywood Cemetery. Visitation for Deputy Lewis will take place Sunday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway in Wilson from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

To leave your condolences to the family of Deputy Lewis, you can click on this link

During the hearing this morning Assistant District Attorney Imelda Pate told the judge that Deputy Lewis was shot in the chest as well as in the lower leg or foot. She says Kinston police and members of the task force were in the process of searching three apartments in the home for the murder suspects.

Pate says they cleared an upstairs apartment and they were in the process of checking another when the person inside that unit shot multiple times through the apartment door. Lawmen managed to remove Lewis as those inside barricaded themselves in the apartment, according to the assistant D.A.

Pate says authorities then talked via a telephone to those inside who eventually surrendered.

WITN's Brittany Creamer was the only member of the public in the courtroom for the hearing.

The judge ordered those arrested to be held without bond and set June 30th as their next court date. The hearing for the juvenile was held behind closed doors.


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Law enforcement officers on the scene in Kinston tell WITN a U.S. Marshal has been shot in the chest and died.

The officer has been identified as Investigator Warren “Sneak” Lewis from the Nash County Sheriff's Office who was assigned to the Eastern North Carolina Fugitive Task Force.

Investigator Lewis has been a member of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office for over 9 years. He has served on the Eastern NC Fugitive Task Force for the last three years. Sheriff Dick Jenkins states “Investigator Lewis was a gentle soul and would go out of his way to give you the shirt off his back, if he thought you needed it. He will definitely be missed, and he leaves a void at this Office that will never be filled.”

The incident happened on 602 South Lenoir Street as officers were serving warrants on five people, including three people wanted in last week's murder of Thomas Hinton. Hinton was a dishwasher at the House of Wang restaurant.

Thursday, June 2 officers found 31-year-old Hinton shot in the chest at the corner of Mitchell and Lenoir Streets. Police have arrested 19-year-old Lamont Byrd of West Lenoir Street. He is being held in the Lenoir County Jail without bail and is facing two counts of murder.

The second suspect named in the Hinton murder, 16-year-old Kion Dail of Cary Road, was not listed as in the jail, according to officials Friday morning. However, he still may be in the custody of law enforcement.

Witnesses on the scene also report someone from inside the house was shot. Brittany Creamer says she saw officers dragging someone out of the house around 7:40 p.m. Spencer could not confirm if a suspect was shot, but says one person was taken to the hospital.

Kinston Police are expected to hold a press conference Friday at 11:30 a.m. We'll continue to update the story as we get the information.


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  • by DAVID on Jul 3, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    Police officer doing his job and earning a honest living for his family! Taken from his family , Well 50 60 years ago they would have not made it too court,Murder should be auto death ! Hope im on the jury!
  • by nina Location: somewhere on Jun 22, 2011 at 07:05 PM
    you know what people i think its wrong that you are down talkin these boys because a few of them use to be my friends when i was little misguided yes but all that harsh and mean stuff is really not necessary yes they need some help but i dont think yall people should be saying anything like that rude and mean stuff that you people were saying because if it was you friend or family you wouldnt be sayin nothin like this about these boys yes thay were wrong but still....anyways im sorry for what happened to that deputy it was really bad of what they did and i hope that nothing like this ever happens again again to the family im very sorry but how these people are talkin is very rude to me
  • by Mark Location: ENC on Jun 19, 2011 at 03:23 AM
    I'll say it again and again and again, because it NEEDS to be said. Legalize marijuana and free up thousands of jail cells for violent criminals, such as these sorry, misguided, murdering BOYS. And when you lock them up, KEEP them locked up. All peace loving people of BOTH races would benefit greatly. And maybe, just maybe, we'd have less crackheads and alcoholics to deal with. These people are much more likely to behave violently than a pot smoker. This country would certainly be a better place to live if that were the case.
  • by oh really? on Jun 18, 2011 at 07:43 PM
    g-man, seriously! are you so deluded as to think that these are good kids!? good kids don't shoot and kill people. i would think that this would go without saying. these "kids" quit being kids when they decided to shoot the U.S. Marshal through the door. cowards is what they are!! they are playing with the big boys now and i think they should be put to death! isn't that the punishment for killing an officfer of the law?! my brother is a deputy and was there on the night this happened and i take this very seriously. and you think they should have good lawyers and be let go...have you any morals? what is wrong with you?!
  • by g-man Location: greenville on Jun 14, 2011 at 05:43 PM
    let then go they are all good kids, and still in high school,get them a good lawyer and let then go.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2011 at 11:40 AM
    There's a simple solution to this. Drug test and birth control as a requirement for any public assistance. Tie benefits to receiving a GED, or higher education. Make foodstamps applicable to only healthy foods, no soda, no sugar, ect. Require 2 job applications a week. Mandatory military school for at risk youths. Jail or fine parents if their kids do not show up for class. Bring back the chain gangs. The three strike rule. No TV or any other comforts allowed in jail.
  • by Nikki on Jun 14, 2011 at 04:40 AM
    We need LEO's like Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County Arizona. He is tough and will make the criminals think twice about committing another crime if and when they get out. He makes the inmates wear pink and still uses chain gangs. He is a REAL LEO. He is not inhumane but is very tough. Google him and you will see. I like his style and wish ALL LEO were like him, the country would be a MUCH better place.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 13, 2011 at 07:42 PM
    And your point is???? Do you think whites would give a harsher punishment for someone with darker skin? You are the racist here.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 13, 2011 at 07:38 PM
    Who are you trying to fool with that posting?? Are you actually saying they didn't do it?? Stay in California PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by michael Location: kinston on Jun 13, 2011 at 05:19 PM
    First may peace be with the Hinton and Lewis family. As long as the city of Kinston has a fireman for a police chief, things ain't going to get better. All he knows about being a police officer is what he has read in a book. How many murders did Kinston have in 2009? Get someone who will let the officers work and quit preaching to them every other day. "George" you need to be a fireman. They said you were good at that.
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