Group wants murder accessory suspects released
A group called "Enough is Enough" wants two women jailed for their alleged connection in the April 1st triple murder at the Farmville Hustle Mart immediately released.
At least ten people showed up at the Pitt County Courthouse Tuesday morning to show their support for Zipporah Purvis and Ashley Johnson. Both women are charged with accessory after the fact of murder.
The arrest warrants show Johnson provided a false alibi to investigators by saying her alleged boyfriend, murder suspect Willie Whitehead, was with her the night of the crime. Purvis’ arrest warrant shows she loaned Antwan Anthony her car the night of the crime and then later told him to remove the license plate and she would provide him with a new one to avoid detection.
Purvis' father, Wallace Purvis, was in attendance at the rally. The group would like to have both women released out on bond. They believe the bond set for both women is unfair and too high.
Initially, both women had a bond of $3,000,000 each. Zipporah Purvis has since had her bond reduced to $200,000.
Christopher Taylor is the founder of the group. He doesn't believe the women should have to stay in jail while they are awaiting their trials.
"Love causes us to do some wrong things but we shouldn't be punished because we made a wrong decision because of our emotions," he said.
The crime itself isn't the only thing the magistrate looks into when they initially set a bond. A magistrate also looks into a person's past criminal record and whether or not the person would be a threat to the community.
According to District Attorney Clark Everett, "the severity of a triple homicide obviously has a great deal to do with why a bond [amount] is high."
However, the group believes the bond amount should fit the crime. They said the women aren't flight risks and should be released so they can go back to college and then at a later date go before the court to be tried.
Yet, Everett believes anyone who participated in the crime must be held accountable. "It is perfectly legal for someone to say 'I don't know what you're talking about. I don't want to talk to you.' That's your right. Even if you know someone has done something wrong. But when you say something proactively like 'Yes, he was with me all night' or you do something that leads police to go off in a different direction that is a crime and should be a crime. And it's irresponsible for anyone to say that it isn't a crime," Everett said.
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