Prosecutors: Suspects Stated "We Want To Pop Someone In The Head"

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."


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  • by Boats Location: Beuort on Jun 12, 2011 at 08:31 AM
    Where can I apply to be on this jury?
  • by WOW Location: Beaufort on Jun 12, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    And you wonder why some animals eat their young...
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Jun 11, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    Maybe they needed to had been "popped in the head" when they were young, then we wouldn't be having this problem. No matter how many laws are passed, the problem will not be solved until there is a change in the infrastructure of these communities. Community centers and parks are great, but they are useless if there are not programs being offered by these organizations. Kids need to be placed in these programs as early as possible in order that they may learn moral principles, leadership skills and integrity. There are not programs like these available in low-income communities and only a select few from these areas are able to attend such programs. People need to give back to their communities so that they will improve. Additionally, parents need to be responsible and make their children enroll in such programs when they are available. If we want to make a difference, we must have a big impact on these kids while they are young. It pays for everyone to try to find a solution to this cultural peril in order to reduce the number of perpetrators and victims, such as Thomas Hinton and Deputy Lewis.
  • by JC on Jun 11, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    This is simple, women keep having babies to get more government aid, these kids have no father figure, they learn how to be "men" on the streets, we are breeding ignorance and no dicipline. I can't help but to think that this is what we get, kids being raised on violent video games, no parenting, no remorse, no sense of right and wrong...I doubt any of these guy's made it through high school, and probably have kids of their own.
  • by hmmm on Jun 10, 2011 at 09:03 PM
    These pieces of garbage don't deserve to be in the same class as people or animals.
  • by rl Location: bear grass on Jun 10, 2011 at 07:43 PM
    No trial, guilty, death, now, not in twenty years
  • by Our Future on Jun 10, 2011 at 07:04 PM
    This is what the future is looking like, people. Get use to it....or do something about it. Peace!
  • by Gray on Jun 10, 2011 at 06:50 PM
    Somebody, Anybody...Say that these cowardly dregs to society need a second chance. Please put me in a room with them for just five minutes, so I can pop all of them in the head.
  • by me Location: Bayboro on Jun 10, 2011 at 06:41 PM
    These people should be rated below animals. Most animals are kind.
  • by Joe Location: Chocowinity on Jun 10, 2011 at 05:12 PM
    Go ahead try and defend the little animals. I dare you. Enjoy prison.
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