Two unrelated murder cases to go to trial

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

Two men charged with first-degree murder in Vance County will go to trial.

The state’s cases against Diaquan J. Waddell, 18, and Jemel D. Bullock, 29, were removed from the district’s management system, which provides defendants with three chances to arrange a deal before trial. The two cases are not related.

Judge Paul Ridgeway accepted the motions from the prosecution to declare the cases exceptional.

“There really is no reason to keep them in case management,” said Allison Capps, assistant district attorney.

Waddell, of 1828 S. Clearview Drive, was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a 55-year-old BP gas station clerk, Ahmed Shahit, in March.

He also faces four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of second-degree kidnapping.

Waddell was linked to three armed robberies in an eight-day span — the robbery reported at the Raleigh Road Convenient Mart on March 11 and two robberies reported at the Waffle House, 942 W. Andrews Ave., Henderson, on March 13 and 18.

Waddell was one of three men arrested in connection with Shahit’s murder.

Bullock, of 422 Old Epsom Road, was arrested March 10 and charged with first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and first-degree burglary in connection with the shooting death of 28-year-old Montrell Alston.

Bullock has been in Vance County jail without bond since his arrest.

On Wednesday, Ridgeway set his bond at $200,000.

Alston was shot in his home at 1:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2009.

At the time, officers said robbery may have been the motive for the incident but would not comment further

Alan J. Gibson, 37, of 1316 Lehman St., and Darius Benson, 27, 858 Eastway Drive, were also arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with Alston’s death.

Travis Kingsberry, 31, of 159 Frank Sneed Road, Kittrell, is the fourth co-defendant involved in the case.

Capps said Kingsberry is in federal custody and hasn’t been served warrants in this case.

 

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