Former Inmate Charged In Officer's Death

A former state prison inmate has been charged with the murder of a correctional officer who died more than a year ago.

Chardan Whitehead was arrested Thursday at his Tarboro home and is being held with no bond.

Goldsboro police say Edward Pounds, a correctional officer at Neuse Correctional Institution in Goldsboro, was injured by Whitehead back in November 17, 2009. Even though he attempted to return to work several times, police say Pound became violently ill on January 6, 2010 and died three days later.

The correctional officer's death was originally ruled a natural death, but was changed to homicide after additional investigation by the Medical Examiner's Office.

The 24-year-old Whitehead was arrested for the murder five days after being released from custody and is now in the Wayne County jail on the murder charge.


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  • by bereal Location: nc on Feb 23, 2011 at 06:34 PM
    people who post negative about the family wanting money or defending this convict needs a reality check. this officer was doing his job and got seriously injured resulting in his death. this man had a wife who loved him to no end and kids! there was a reason whitehead was segregated from other inmates, he apparently was acting a fool. unless you know what goes on inside prison don't judge the officers. if you have never had anyone you loved murdered..don't judge. justice needs to be served in and officer pounds needs to be remembered for his hard work and dedication. My heart goes out to his family and i hope that one day justice will be served. to hissisterskeeper...investigations take time and often years-you should be ashamed of yourself for the money comment. i hope the pounds family the best and my prayers are with you....rip Officer Edward Pounds.
  • by clarence Location: tarboro on Feb 23, 2011 at 02:51 PM
    nobody wins in a situation like this the pain is great on everyone involved for the parents of whitehead and of Pounds, I dont think that the case was with intent.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    the only cells they have at NCI are in seg.or the hole. Its a dorm layout. When i have seen cell exstractions they come about 8 deep in there on them with sheild. Hard to see how this could happen. Would very much like to know the rest of the story. When i was in there Mr Pound was good to see come on night shift. Very fair guy and really had to be messing up for him to even bother an inmate. He treated me fair and it even hurts my heart to know such a great caring CO life ened this way. RIP POUNDS. You were a great example of what a corrections officer should be. NCI has some major flaws. There are a few officers there that its only a matter of time before this happens again. Suprised it hasnt happend before now.
  • by HSK Location: rmt on Feb 23, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    INNOCENT until proven guilty. This story has alot of holes in it. It's not adding up!
  • by justice Location: nc on Feb 23, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    to c/o pounds' wife, kids, family, and friends dont give these people a second thought on what they are saying, its sad that they will defend a criminal!!! there is ALOT of people on your side and know that we support you, pray for you, and hope justice will be served!!!and you are sooo right about the state and spending more money on the inmate!! thats all they care about, and its a sad sad situation!! RIP POUNDS!
  • by Ed's wife on Feb 23, 2011 at 08:48 AM
    This is to hissisterkeeper...we don't want money. From who,Whitehead.,the State? The State will spend more on him than I will ever get in benefits. Its not about money, its about justice. Whitehead hit him several times it created a blood clot,and killed him in less than 2 months.As far as how fast the wheels of justice turn,It takes time for investigations, autopsy,and plain old paperwork.
  • by hissisterkeeper Location: rockymount on Feb 23, 2011 at 08:06 AM
    people need to know the facts if it was murder after the attack this man was still in jail even after he died so why wait almost 2 yrs to charge him. greenville med. said he died of natural causes. the man was wrong for the attack but we have to look outside the box why wait so long? the family must want money. its gonna be proven that there were other illness with this guy.
  • by justice Location: nc on Feb 23, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    to anonymous girl 21, maybe you can go visit him once he goes to prison since he is such a great person, and as one person said before why dont you check his record and history, then open your mouth. this is soooo sad that people are always ready to jump to a convicts side but if that same convict was killing you i think you would be on the phone to 911 wanting somebody to stop him. you cant have it both ways, love them at one second and want help the next!!! if they would quit protecting all these violent offenders and doing something to them instead of giving them a free place to stay, meds that they wouldnt even take on the street, and heating and air, and give them hard time instead of 45 days, they might think twice before they put their hands on another person again!!! for the people that have gotten arrested or have had prison time once, ok people make mistakes, but when you keep coming back and have a wonderful record you just will not learn and dont care!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: x on Feb 23, 2011 at 04:13 AM
    Officer Pounds was engage in a cell extraction.Whitehead hit him several times in the neck.This caused injuries which Pounds died from. Whitehead threw the punches, which ultimately caused his death.
  • by ex-officer Location: Robersonville on Feb 23, 2011 at 03:50 AM
    Terrible, terrible, terrible. This guy deserves more than what they give him on this charge. With all that he do to officers in prison and not to mention in jail, somebody need to crack his cranium. You can't act right on the streets and then you want to terrorize people on there jobs. If I was the judge, I would HANG his no good tale. And this is being nice. KNOW THIS GUYS HISTORY BEFORE YOU TRY TO DEFEND HIM. I know if I was still at the jail and had a run in with him, I would be the one facing charges. I don't feel sorry for him and don't want to hear of another black man going to prison. He need to be somewhere, but not prison.
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