NEW INFO: Suspects Planned To "Shoot It Out" Prior To U.S. Marshal's Death

Two Kinston teenagers charged in the first-degree murder of a U.S. Marshal made plans to "shoot it out with police" shortly after going into hiding from authorities, according to court documents.

Those documents say Kion Dail, 16, allegedly admitted to a female friend to killing Thomas Hinton with Lamont Byrd, 18, and a 14 and 15-year-old juvenile present.

Byrd told Dail "they would shoot it out with police, because they were not going back to prison."

Instead of a shootout, there was a 90-minute standoff when lawmen surrounded the 602 W. Lenoir Ave. apartment. Shots were fired from inside, killing U.S. Marshal Warren "Sneak" Lewis, 38.

Dail, Byrd, Byrd's brother Maretto Byrd, 26, Devine Slade, 17, a 15-year-old male and a woman all surrendered following the shooting.

Everyone in the apartment except the woman was charged with first-degree murder in Lewis' death. Dail, Lamont Byrd and two juveniles are charged in Hinton's murder. All remain in police custody.

Police found a .40-caliber Beretta handgun and "projectile" in the apartment where Lewis was killed.

Both Lamont and Maretto Byrd were released from state prison in April. The siblings could face the death penalty if convicted. The others will avoid a capital trial.

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  • by Steve Location: Greenville on Jul 6, 2011 at 10:22 PM
    Death penalty to all. If America would get serious about punishment, this crap would stop.
  • by wilson Location: kinston on Jul 6, 2011 at 03:23 PM
    my mother alway told us to clean up your own back yard before you try to clean up someone do you own house remeber god is still in the mess of thing.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2011 at 02:43 PM
    let the victims family flip the switch and watch them take there last breath
  • by George Location: Kinston on Jul 6, 2011 at 02:42 PM
    They should get the death penalty. They just got out of prison? guess they did not learn. now its time to put them down, permently... see what happens when you let thugs out on parole?
  • by CURIOUS on Jul 6, 2011 at 01:29 PM
    So wouldn't that be considered pre-meditated murder? If so, then there shouldn't be any question that they should be put to death.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 6, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    How stupid can they be to think that the police have the house surrounded, but they think they can shoot it out and get away.These morons should look at a few episodes of COPS and see just how few get away period, much less holed up in a house with it surrounded by police!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2011 at 01:03 PM
    Great job mom and dad. Really hope you are proud of yourself. The parents of the juvy's should be sent to prison as well.
  • by hangman Location: raleigh on Jul 6, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    I don't understand why all of them are not being tried as adults and facing death,the law says you can they were old enough to be there together let them die together
  • by Can't be good kids Location: ENC on Jul 6, 2011 at 09:20 AM
    No way anyone can say these people are good kids if they have just got out of prison. The gun found was stolen I would guess. Hope they get a speedy trail,so the tax payers want have expense of feeding them all before their court date. Hope the court has a good judge and D.A.
  • by Unknown Location: Kinston,NC on Jul 6, 2011 at 09:18 AM
    If they all would have had better parent interaction when they were younger then they wouldn't have to live in fear and be shooting at the people that are in the world to help them! They shouldn't have been doing wrong and lawenforcement would have never been there in the first place. Who ever thinks Obama is going to change what happened is crazy! If you kill you then you shouldn't go to jail and waste my tax money, you should die!
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