It was just last week that the teens accused of shooting Nash County Deputy Warren Lewis are believed to have shot and killed a Kinston man as he rode his bike. The victim's neighbors say he was a nice man who kept to himself.
The Lenoir County Assistant D.A. told the judge that Lamont Byrd, Kion Dail and two juveniles said early on June 2nd "We want to pop someone in the head and the first person they saw was Thomas Hinton."
Hinton was found shot dead in the street that night. His friend Shawn Mahon says, "He did not deserve this one bit. He was a good person who kept to himself and could always make me laugh."
Hinton was known in the neighborhood as a hardworker. Many neighbors say they often saw him riding his bike to and from work as a dishwasher at a restaurant.
Mahon says, "I know Thomas is in a better place than where we are now, but can't we just walk down the street without having to worry about watching our backs."