January homicide victim was shot from behind

Oct. 01, 2013 @ 11:21 PM

A Norlina man who died of gunshot injuries Jan. 1 in Warren County was shot while facing away from his assailant, according to an autopsy report released this week.

Two gunshot injuries, one each to the rear-upper leg area, brought 41-year-old Royvitt Fortson down, according to the report signed by Dr. Clay Nichols of the chief medical examiner’s office in Raleigh.

According to Nicholas, the combination of both injuries caused his death. One shot pierced an artery and brought “marked associated hemorrhage.” The other “resulted in complete left femoral fracture,” Nicholas wrote in the report.

Fortson was shot at the BP gas station on Oine Road near Interstate 85 in Warren County. He died after being transported from the scene to a hospital.

Arrested in the case were Lenita Spilen Fortson, William H. Hunter and Corey Daye-Henderson.

Lenita Fortson was charged with murder and has since died. She gained a special release from jail to get into a hospital due to medical conditions, and later died there. Case files show she had been married to Royvitt Fortson.

Hunter, who is listed with a Henderson address, is the accused shooter and faces a charge of first-degree murder. His bond is set at $300,000. He is tentatively scheduled for trial March 4, according to the murder case report of Sam Currin, the district attorney.

Daye-Henderson, with a Jacksonville address, is facing a charge of accessory after a felony. He is out of jail on a $50,000 bond.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.