Advertisement

Man makes court appearance in drive-by murder case

(WITN)
Published: Dec. 30, 2016 at 3:54 PM EST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

One of two men charged with last week's drive-by murder of a Greenville woman appeared before a judge Thursday morning.

Kenquonis McKenzie, 23, is being held on a $2 million bond.

He is charged with first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 58-year-old Karen Speight.

She was inside her Concord Drive apartment last Friday when shots were fired just after 3:00 p.m. Multiple apartments were hit by the gunfire and Speight died later at Vidant Medical Center.

Greenville police say on Wednesday, McKenzie was found on Landmark Street, but attempted to run from officers. K9 Chesty was able to catch McKenzie so that officers could arrest him.

Investigators believe Octavius Yelverton, 20, drove the getaway vehicle and say he was also found Wednesday at his home on Black Jack Simpson Road in Pitt County. He is charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

McKenzie was given a capital defender since the maximum sentence for the crime could be the death penalty. His next court date is January 18th.


Previous Story

Two men have been arrested in connection to the drive-by shooting last week that left a woman dead.

Kenquonis Niqua McKenzie, 23, faces one count of first-degree murder. Octavius Yelverton, 20, is facing one count of accessory after the fact. Both men are from Greenville.

Officers found 58-year-old Karen Lynn Speight shot in her home on Concord Drive on December 30, where she later died at the hospital. They say she was hit by a stray bullet and other apartments in the area also had bullet holes from the shooting.

Greenville police say on Wednesday, McKenzie was found on Landmark Street, but attempted to run from officers. K9 Chesty was able to catch McKenzie so that officers could arrest him.

Investigators believe Yelverton drove the getaway vehicle and say he was also found Wednesday at his home on Black Jack Simpson Road in Pitt County.

The GPD press release reads, "After many sleepless nights for Ms. Speight's family, neighbors, and the investigators working the case, it is the Greenville Police Department's sincere hope that everyone can rest a bit easier tonight knowing these two individuals are behind bars and justice will be served. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Ms. Speight's family during this extremely difficult time."

>

Previous Story:

Neighbors are looking for answers after a woman was hit and killed by a stray bullet in a Greenville apartment complex.

58-year-old Karen Speight died at Vidant Medical Center on Friday after a drive-by shooting left multiple apartments with bullet holes.

Neighbors, like Annie Jones, say to know Karen Speight was to love her.

"I'm going to miss her. I am. Sometimes people come into your life for a season and I'm going to miss her," Jones said. "She, oh my God, would make you laugh. She loved flowers and she was a great person."

Jones' apartment and three others, including Speight's, were all hit in the shooting that occurred around 3 p.m. Friday.

"She didn't deserve this. And her family don't deserve it. We don't deserve it," Jones said.

Jimmie Jenkins also lives in the area and says this kind of violent crime is unusual.

"It's kind of quiet, peaceful. I really enjoying being out here," he said. "You know, for people to come and just outright shoot like that right there, it's kind of nerve wracking because it could've been anybody."

The Greenville Police Department continues to investigate this crime and asks anyone with information to contact the Greenville Police Department (252) 329-4315 or Crime Stoppers (252) 758-7777. Crime Stoppers offers up to a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

>

Previous Story:

The Greenville Police Department is now investigating a drive-by shooting in Greenville as a homicide.

Police say 58-year-old Karen Lynn Speight has died at Vidant Medical Center as a result of a gunshot wound.

Officers were called to the area of 122 Concord Dr. shortly after 3pm for reports of shots fired.

Upon arrival, Officers found multiple shell casings on the ground and evidence that multiple apartments were hit with bullets. They appear to have come from a moving vehicle outside of the 122 building.

Speight was found injured inside apartment #4.

Detectives have been actively interviewing neighbors and witnesses from today’s shooting. They still need your assistance with developing leads in this case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department (252) 329-4315 or Crime Stoppers (252) 758-7777. Crime Stoppers offers up to a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

>

Previous Story:

Greenville Police say one person has been injured in a Friday afternoon drive-by shooting.

The shooting happened in building 122 on Concord Drive behind Greenville Boulevard just after 3:00 p.m.

Lt. Michael Broadwell says this was a drive-by shooting. He says a person fired a gun from a car into the building injuring one person inside.

The person was taken to Vidant Medical Center with unknown injuries.

We have a reporter at the scene and will update the story as we get new information.