Police charge more suspects in fatal Greenville shooting

Four arrested in connection with May murder

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Police said three more suspects in a fatal Greenville robbery and shooting are in custody.

According to investigators, 28-year-old Jerrell Antwan Jenkins, of Hamilton, and 21-year-old Demontai Battle, of Rocky Mount, were each charged on Friday with an open count of murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of felony conspiracy to commit murder, and assault with a deadly weaopn inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

A third suspect, 28-year-old Jonathan Wooten, of Rocky Mount, is being held in the N.C. Department of Corrections and will be transferred to Greenville, police said.

The three suspects are accused of a fatal shooting on the 600 block of Griffin Street on the night of May 23.  Officers said when they arrived at the scene, they found two victims on the street with gunshot wounds.

"I went over there and saw the boy laying on the floor, on the ground there. And my grandson sitting on the balcony shot," said George Lane, the grandfather of Deontra Wilkes; one of the victims.

Willie Travon Smith, 25, of Greenville, was pronounced dead at Vidant Medical Center, police said. Wilkes, 23, of Greenville, was treated for gunshot wounds to his lower body and legs.

A fourth suspect in the shooting, 21-year-old Tahkaeem Staton, was arrested Thursday and has been charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and three counts of felony conspiracy.

"I hope they get what they're supposed to get, you know. What happened to the young boys, you know. I don't feel sorry for the boy who shot the boys, I don't feel sorry for 'em," said Lane.

During Staton's court appearance Friday morning, the judge ordered a $2,150,000 bond. Staton's next court date is Nov. 21.

Jenkins is under $275,000 dollar bond, Wooten is still being transported and Battle bonded out on Friday.

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