Bridge Named For U.S. Marshal Killed In Kinston

By: Carly Swain
By: Carly Swain

Nearly two and a half years after a U.S. Marshal and Nash County deputy was killed while serving murder warrants, now his memory will be immortalized.

On June 9th, 2011, Nash County Deputy Warren "Sneak" Lewis III was working as a U.S .Marshal with the Eastern NC Fugitive Task Force to serve murder warrants in Kinston.

According to an assistant district attorney, on June 2nd of 2011, four people decided they wanted to kill someone. The A.D.A. said it just happened Thomas Hinton rode by on his bicycle at the time. Hinton was found shot in the street that night.

Soon after, investigators had warrants in hand for four people: Lamont Byrd, 18, his older brother Maretto Byrd, 26, Kion Dail, 16, and Devine Slade, 17. Raekwon Bryant also was part of that group at age 14, according to prosecutors.

U.S. Marshals engaged in a standoff with the group on June 9th at 602 W. Lenoir Ave. Shots were fired from inside the building.

We learned later Deputy Warren Lewis III had been shot in the chest, through a door.

On Tuesday, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will honor Lewis' service be dedicating the bridge on N.C. 231 at U.S. 64 in Nash County to him.

Lewis served with Nash County Sheriff's Office for nine years, and worked on the task force for nearly four years. The 38-year-old left behind a wife and two daughters.

Five people have been charged in connection with Lewis' death.

Lamont Byrd, Maretto Byrd, Kion Dail, and Devine Slade are all due in court for a murder charge on January 16th, 2014.

In December of 2012, Raekwon Bryant took a plea deal: he plead guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, among other charges, and agreed to testify against the others in the case.

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