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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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