Jones County Murder Suspect Due In Court

The suspect in the murder of a Jones County man found dead at his home last week is due in court Friday.

Dennis Lewis, 52, of Jacksonville is scheduled to make an appearance in court Friday morning as he faces charges in the murder of Edward Earl Bell III.

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A suspect has been arrested in the murder of a Jones County man found dead at his home last week.

The Jones County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old Dennis Lewis of Jacksonville was taken into custody Tuesday night just after 7:00 and charged him with one open count of murder in the death of Edward Earl Bell III.

Bell was discovered shot at his home at 3421 Highway 58 South in Pollocksville. Lewis is in the Jones County Jail under no bond. His first court first appearance will be Friday at 9:00 a.m. at Jones County Superior Court.

Jones County lawmen now say they suspect foul play in the death of a man last week.

The body of Edward Bell III was found at his home off Highway 58 south of Pollocksville on Thursday. The man had been shot.

Deputies had not released much information about the death, but this weekend in a news release they said the circumstances surrounding the 62-year-old man's death was suspicious and they suspect foul play.

The SBI, along with Maysville police and Onslow County deputies are assisting in the investigation.

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Sheriff deputies are investigating a shooting death at home in Jones County.

It happened on Highway 58 in Pollocksville.

Detectives were called out to the scene around noon Thursday.

Authorities are not say much at this time, but, one of our reporters on the scene spoke to who appeared to be a family member. When asked what happened, he said, he thinks his brother is dead.

We'll bring you more information on this story as we get it.

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  • by LEO Location: ENC on Jan 27, 2011 at 06:28 AM
    To gimmeabreak: If you can really look out from your computer location and see drug dealers working their trade and Not report it to the sheriff, then you are part of the problem you are complaining about. Sooner or later the corner drug deal will go bad and the shooting will start. Being these guys rarely hit who they are shooting at, one of those stray rounds might just find you or sone other innocent person. Wake up and do something about the criminal activity, it might just save your life. YOU really shouldn't pay attention to all the things you have "heard", because it is called "hear say" in a court of law and isn't worth the effort it required to speak it.
  • by Close To Home on Jan 26, 2011 at 08:02 PM
    Yes, I know something about it, but I've been advised not to reveal what I know. There is more to the story, but the fine details have yet to be revealed. Give them time. Authorities have things in focus.
  • by B on Jan 26, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    Anyone know a motive???!!
  • by DH is not a Crook! Location: Jones Co. on Jan 26, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    DH is not a crook, you're all just a bunch of fartheads.
  • by Justin Bieber Location: Baby Baby Baby OHH on Jan 26, 2011 at 11:04 AM
    Looks kinda like some of my Bieb relatives....
  • by ralph Location: ahoskie on Jan 26, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    Hey Mike...thanks. Yeah- putting bad facts out, or things that can pollute the jury pool and all the things attorneys can use to get the guilty free are best not spoken I suppose. Frustrating though... Earl was kind and gentle and humorous. It boggles the mind WHY anyone would do that.... so, one gets eager to learn...
  • by gimmeabreak Location: nowhere on Jan 26, 2011 at 06:25 AM
    To DH is a big crook: Do you really believe that the drug dealers have started hiding since he became sheriff? I can see them right from where I sit. He did not single handedly bring in this murderer. He did it with the help of 3 different agencies. Just because he is white does not make him a god. Give it a rest people. He is a man just trying to do a good job like the man before him. John Hall was a good man and did a lot for the sheriff's dept in JC. You really shouldn't pay attention to all the rumors. i have heard as many bad things about DH as JH.
  • by TO Ralph in Ahosli Location: Jax on Jan 26, 2011 at 03:38 AM
    Hi; At one point I called WITN because news was breaking fast and furious on an incident here in Jacksonville. The news room told me this. They were not going to jump on the "bandwagon". This might hurt ongoing investigations and they want to be sure they get facts as released by LEO's during their investigation. On some stories it is fustrating I agree. Hope this helps you. Mike
  • by DH is a big Crook Location: JC on Jan 25, 2011 at 09:59 PM
    DH is a CROOK! He ROBS and STEALS! He has done it all day everyday since he became Sheriff of Jones County and continues to get away with it!!!!! He has ROBBED the drug dealers of Jones County of the protection that they enjoyed from the last administration. He has STOLEN their FREEDOM to stand on street corners and in front of stores to deal drugs and has forced them to go elsewhere and sell their poison. He ROBBED John Hall and his rotten apples of the chance to continue to steal from the fine citizens of Jones County. They can no longer sell evidence, collect checks for overtime for not being at work, and steal federal funds. He has ROBBED the motoring public of their chance to be either run off the road or put in the ditch by a certain former deputy. BUT most of all he has STOLEN the chance for a MURDER to walk amongst us and or children FREELY! Sheriff Heath YOU ARE A CROOK!!! Please continue to Rob and Steal as you see fit!
  • by ralph Location: ahoskie on Jan 25, 2011 at 07:56 PM
    Thanks, if he is the guilty party, for getting him LE !! Now the curiosity- what on earth would motivate a thing to murder one of the nicest, least harmful people around? Robbery? Jealousy? Jilted lover thing? WHAT?
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