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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