Suspects in Sunday's deadly robbery at a Farmville convenience store went before a district court judge this morning.
Antwan Anthony of Bethel, Xavier Shamble of Farmville and Willie Whitehead of Pinetops were all denied bond and had an April 19th date set for their next court appearance.
The judge told the three the maximum penalty they face is the death penalty. The district attorney has not yet said whether he will pursue the death penalty or not in these cases.
One of the four suspects is a juvenile, so his name cannot be released to the media. His case is being handled in juvenile court.
26-year-old Nabil Almoganahi, 24-year-old David Alawi, and 16-year-old Sam Almoganahi were shot and killed at their family owned store, the Hustle Mart, during a robbery Sunday night.
One of Anthony's relatives told WITN after the court hearing that her nephew has had a very hard life, always had mental illness problems and had been on medication. Wanda Foreman says she is so sorry these lives were taken and the three killed can never be brought back.
The brief court hearing was held at the Pitt County Detention Center.
The three victims were Yemen nationals. This morning the vice consul for the Republic of Yemen was in Greenville to thank the Pitt County Sheriff's Office and Farmville police for quickly solving the case.
Authorities say they have now arrested a fourth suspect in Sunday's deadly robbery at a Pitt County convenience store.
Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Christy Wallace says Willie Whitehead of Pinetops has been officially charged with the murders, robbery and kidnapping of the three employees of the Hustle Mart.
Earlier today, Sheriff Neil Elks announced three people had been charged with the murders. The 23-year-old Whitehead was taken into custody shortly after that announcement.
Deputies have not yet said what role Whitehead played in the robbery and murders.
Antwan Anthony of Bethel, Xavier Shamble of Farmville, and a juvenile who is also from Farmville were brought in for questioning last night. All four are now facing three counts of murder, three counts of first degree kidnapping, three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.
Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.
Pitt County authorities say they have made three arrests in the death of three workers at the Hustle Mart Sunday night.
Detectives say they have arrested Antwan Anthony of Bethel, Xavier Shamble of Farmville , and a juvenile who is also from Farmville. They are facing three counts of murder, three counts of first degree kidnapping, three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.
The three were brought in for questioning late last night and were formally charged around 10:00 a.m.
The juvenile is in secured custody while the other two are in jail awaiting a first appearance that will be held Thursday morning.
According to a Pitt County Schools spokeswoman, the Sheriff's Office informed them that the juvenile suspect is not a student in their school system.
26-year-old Nabil Almoganahi, 24-year-old David Alawi, and 16-year-old Sam Almoganahi were shot and killed at their family owned store off Highway 121 during a robbery.
Sheriff Neil Elks says he met with the family to give them the news first on the arrests. Elks says they believe to have the shooter in custody. He said the case was solved thanks to hard police work, community help and tips from CrimeStoppers.
Captain Paula Dance says they are still investigating the case. She says all three suspects played active roles in the murders.
Dance says the family was grateful to hear of the arrest.
19-year-old Shamble was convicted in October 2011 in Pitt County for selling, buying, or possessing a gun with an altered serial number, and for carrying a concealed weapon. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight months in prison. State records show he was released less than a month ago, on March 12.
When Shamble was 17 years old, he was shot while sitting on a porch on Myrtle Ave. in Greenville, according to Greenville Police reports.
Anthony, who is 29 years old, has a prior conviction for assault.
New details are soon to be released in the triple murder in Farmville.
Pitt County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Christy Wallace tells WITN, a news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Hustle Mart in Farmville, where three people were shot to death Sunday night.
Wallace says after the new information is released, detectives will take questions from our reporter. We will update you on the new information as soon as we get it.
WITN will air the news conference live on WITN-TV and WITN.com.
For a second day on Tuesday friends and neighbors paid their respects by laying flowers and leaving balloons outside the store where 26-year-old Nabil Almoganahi, 24-year-old David Alawi, and 16-year-old Sam Almoganahi were shot and killed at their family owned store off highway 121.
At this point it's unclear when and if the Hustle Mart will reopen.
The Pitt County Sheriff's Office has received several tips from the community. There is a $10,000 reward for information in the case.