Suspect in quadruple murder has case continued

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - The man charged with the horrific quadruple murder of a mother and her three daughters had his case continued on Wednesday.

Dibon Toone has been charged with the murder of Garlette Howard and her three girls, 11-year-old Bryana Carr, 7-year- old Ayona Toone, and 6-year-old Mayona Toone, in their Grovemont Drive townhome back in August.

Family members say Toone and Howard were married in Martin County and that Toone was the father to the two youngest victims.

Police say autopsies on the four victims showed they died from "traumatic head injury by assault" and believe Toone used a hammer.

Toone's case was continued until November, according to the District Attorney's Office. It is not unusual for cases like this to be delayed for months, if not years by the court process.


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The man suspected of killing a Greenville mother and her three daughters with a hammer went before a Pitt County judge Thursday morning to face additional murder charges for the three young girls.

Dibon Toone was charged with the murder of the girls' mother, Garlette Howard, last week. Two of the three girls were his daughters.

Greenville police say they served Toone with the additional murder warrants against him at the Pitt County Jail Wednesday afternoon.

Toone is now charged with the murders of Howard, and her three children, 11-year-old Bryana Carr, 7-year- old Ayona Toone, and 6-year-old Mayona Toone.

Family members say he and Howard were married.

The murders were discovered last Tuesday at the couple's town home on Grovemont Drive. Police say the murder weapon was a hammer.

The man was arrested by U.S. Marshals and police in Richmond, Virginia several hours after the four bodies were discovered.

Toone is being held in jail without bond.

His next court date is set for September 7th.


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The man suspected of killing a Greenville mother and her three daughters with a hammer went before a Pitt County judge this morning.

Dibon Toone is charged with the murder of Garlette Howard. Police say they expect additional murder counts to be added for the deaths of her daughters, 11-year-old Bryana Carr, 7-year- old Ayona Toone, and 6-year-old Mayona Toone.

Toone is the father of two of the girls, and family members say he and Howard were married.

Toone was arrested by U.S. Marshals and police in Richmond, Virginia last week, after the four bodies were found in their Grovemont Drive townhome Tuesday night.

He was driving Howard's work-issued car.

In the courtroom Monday, Toone was given no bond, a court-appointed attorney, and his next court date was set for September 7th.

Funeral services are planned for the four victims this Saturday in Williamston.

There is a Go-Fund Me page set up to help the family pay for the unexpected funeral expenses. You can find the page online by searching Howard's name.


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A Greenville man who is suspected of killing a woman and her three children is back in Pitt County.

Dibon Toone was booked into the Pitt County jail shortly after 4:30 p.m.

Greenville police detectives drove to Richmond, Virginia this afternoon to return Toone to face charges. The man said nothing to reporters as he was being led into the detention center by three officers.

He was arrested by Richmond police and U.S. Marshals some four hours after the bodies of Garlette Howard and her three young daughters were discovered by Greenville officers at a town home on Grovemont Drive.

Toone was the father of two of those children, according to police.

Police say the autopsies on the four victims showed they died from “traumatic head injury by assault” and believe Toone used a hammer.

Toone is expected to go before a Pitt County judge Monday morning for his first court appearance.


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A Greenville man who is suspected of killing a woman and her three children is expected back in Pitt County today to face charges.

Dibon Toone was arrested by Richmond, Virginia police and U.S. Marshals some four hours after the bodies of Garlette Howard and her three young daughters were discovered by Greenville officers at a town home on Grovemont Drive.

Toone was the father of two of those children, according to police.

He was in a Richmond courtroom Thursday morning for an extradition hearing. Greenville police say he's expected back in North Carolina ttoday and should have his first court appearance on Monday.

A check with the jail in Richmond around 9:00 a.m. showed he was still in their custody.

Greenville police say the autopsies on the four victims showed they died from “traumatic head injury by assault” and believe Toone used a hammer.

Toone is only charged with the murder of Howard, while police say they expect additional murder counts to be added. He could be back in Greenville as early as Friday to face charges.

The children have been identified by family members as 11-year-old Bryana Carr, 7-year-old Ayona Toone, and 6-year-old Myona Toone.

Family members say Toone and Howard were married in Martin County.

Garlette's mother Sheila Lynch says, "She was a loving person. She loved her kids, she loved work, she had a big heart and she smiled most all the time and I'm going to miss them real bad, the grandkids too."

As far as a history of domestic violence, Lynch said, "I didn't see any signs of him, no violent signs, she didn't tell me, I'd never know that. I was surprised when I heard that it had happened, I had no idea that you know, he was like that."

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral expenses. You can find that by searching Garlette Howard's name on the site.