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.
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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.
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.