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D.A. Will Seek Death Penalty In Hustle Mart Murders

The District Attorney's Office made it official today, they will seek the death penalty against three men accused of killing three store employees in April.

Antwan Anthony of Bethel, Willie Whitehead of Pinetops, Xavier Shamble of Farmville and a 14-year-old juvenile were arrested days after the three Hustle Mart employees were found murdered in the Farmville business on April 1st.

The D.A. also announced they would seek the death penalty against Montrell Washington and Kuante Stanley. The two are accused of killing a man and a woman in their home on Academy Drive in Greenville in March.


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Court documents say two of the four suspects in the Hustle Mart murders told investigators that Antwan Anthony shot the three employees dead.

Antwan Anthony of Bethel, along with Willie Whitehead of Pinetops, Xavier Shamble of Farmville and a 14-year-old juvenile were arrested days after the three store employees were found murdered in the Farmville business on April 1st.

Pitt County prosecutors are likely to announce Monday that they will seek the death penalty against the three adults in the case.

The court will have a Rule 24 hearing on Monday. A Rule 24 hearing is where prosecutors are required to say in court whether or not the state will seek the death penalty in a first-degree murder case.

In a probable cause affidavit within the court file, a Pitt County detective says Shamble and the juvenile admitted they and Anthony went inside intending to rob the business, but it was Anthony who shot the victims.

Another affidavit from the same detective says after the shootings two of the four suspects went to a home on Myrtlewood Drive in Fountain, changed clothes and then split the money from the robbery. An arrest warrant says about $1,000 in cash was taken.

That affidavit also says a fourth person charged in the crime did not enter the store and wasn't seen on store surveillance video.

Another court document says Shamble admitted to his mother that he was at the robbery, but did not kill anyone.

An attorney for one of the three adults has already moved to exclude his client from the death penalty under the North Carolina Racial Justice Act. The attorney for Anthony said the death penalty is being imposed more frequently on the basis of race, and that prosecutors use race as a factor in excluding people from the jury.

The14 year old's case is being handled in juvenile court.


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