Arrest made connected to December teen homicide
Myiesha Monique Williams has been arrested by Vance County sheriff’s deputies and is facing charges of first-degree murder connected to the death of a Northern Vance High School teenager.
Williams is believed to have been the driver in the Dec. 11 shooting of Deonte Malik Judkins, a 16-year-old at Northern. An arrest warrant was signed by Lt. Joseph Ferguson, a detective with the sheriff’s office.
On the day after the incident, deputies arrested Quatrail Pair, 23, on charges of first-degree murder as the shooter. He is charged also with shooting into an occupied property, having a firearm as a prior-convicted felon and having heroin for sale.
Williams, of 119 Geranium Lane, Henderson, was jailed on a $250,000 bond pending a hearing in Vance County District Court scheduled for May 28. She appeared in court on Monday and requested the court to appoint an attorney for her defense.
Sheriff Peter White on Monday said that Williams had in the past denied any criminal participation with the shooting.
“We believe that Miss Williams led a more significant role in this case than she initially let on,” White said. “She did not say she was the driver. She played a much more significant role than she told us at first. After further investigation, she was charged with murder.”
White said Williams is not charged with a capital murder, but the case is a first-degree murder charge. She is the third person to be charged in connection to Judkins’ death, and she is one of two currently charged with Judkins’ murder.
Bill Griffin, an assistant district attorney, said the case against Williams would be referred to the capital defender’s office because it is a matter of routine to do so for all newly charged first-degree murder cases.
“The final decision on capital cases rests with the DA’s office,” Griffin said after William’s appearance in court on Monday.
Early in the investigation, deputies were searching for 29-year-old Marcus Alex Williams on a charge of being an accessory after the fact of a felony of murder.
Investigative notes stated the black Impala in the case was registered in his name at 296 King’s Road, Henderson.
He was arrested Dec. 19, charged as an accessory, but according to White the case has since been dismissed. White said he had been in the car, but wasn’t at the time of the shooting.
The investigation into Judkins’ death included a search of Pair’s 666 Vance Street, Henderson, home, where according to a search warrant narrative, Myiesha Williams told detectives she hid a firearm in the attic.
Detectives recovered a 9-millimeter handgun and 24 bindles of heroin from Pair’s house, and “one fired projectile” from the black Impala.
Witnesses said it was a black vehicle with a black male passenger and possibly a female driver that they saw in the area when the shooting took place. The gunfire came from the passenger side, the male firing over the roof of the car.
Evidence in the case includes “strafe marks” across the roof, possibly from shots fired across it.
White has not identified who was with Judkins when he was shot. He did say Judkins was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
White also confirmed that the 1283 Walters Street location had been fired at before. He said the shooting death did not appear to be gang-related or related to any earlier shooting incidents there.
“We know the shooter knew that person with Judkins, and that the shots were fired intentionally,” White said.
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