Teen served arrest warrant, faces three murder charges

Jan. 03, 2014 @ 09:16 PM

Franklin County deputies on Thursday served Vance County warrants for arrest on first-degree murder and armed robbery charges against Joey Lamont Kearney, the 16-year-old involved in two New Year’s Eve incidents that left three people dead.

Maj. Joseph Ferguson of the Vance County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Friday that Kearney, of 27 Cucumber Shed Way, Louisburg, is being held without bond on the Vance charges.

Kearney is scheduled to appear in Vance County District Court on Feb. 10.

Roger Dell Tant, 63, was found on Dec. 22 in his 3985 Weldon’s Mill Road, Lot 14, mobile home. He was believed to have been shot to death the Thursday or Friday prior, on Dec. 19 or 20.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 31, a Franklin County deputy discovered Akesia Michelle Toney, 37, and her 16-year-old daughter, Brianna Jones, dead in their home at 1755 West River Road, Franklinton.

After daybreak, at about 9, Vance County Det. Kenneth Wood spotted Ricky Junior Toney driving his estranged wife’s car, with Kearney as a passenger, and gave pursuit.

The chase ended on Smith Road in Warren County, with Wood exchanging gunfire with the suspect, Ricky Toney, who was killed. Kearney was injured and taken to a Franklin County hospital before release to the custody of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

In a written statement, Ferguson confirmed Kearney was already in custody in Franklin County when arrested Thursday. He did not elaborate on any further details about who investigators believe was a shooter in Tant’s death.

According to Ferguson, state investigators are coordinating a multi-jurisdictional gathering of all the evidence.

“We have several different jurisdictions involved, including the State Bureau of Investigation,” Ferguson said. “We can’t release further information on the case until the investigation is completed.”

In his written statements, Ferguson referred to Tant’s date of death as Dec. 20.

Kearny, known as “Lil-Dirty,” according to Franklin County arrest records served Dec. 31, was charged with two first-degree murder counts in the double homicide that day.

Kearney is scheduled to appear at a hearing in Franklin County District Court Jan. 14.

The Franklin County victims were not related to Sheriff Jerry Jones.


Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.