Lawyer seeking bond for homicide suspect

Jul. 17, 2013 @ 06:37 PM

The attorney for a man facing a murder charge in Warren County wants a hearing and bond set for his client.

William H. Hunter, represented by Paul Stainback, is charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 1 shooting death of Royvitt Lawedy Fortson. According to law enforcement investigators, Fortson’s estranged wife Lenita Siplen Fortson and Corey Nashaun Daye-Henderson of Jacksonville were also involved in the plot to kill Royvitt Fortson.

The death penalty was ruled out two months ago and Hunter remains in the Warren County jail. Lenita Forston died three weeks later after having been taken into custody, then released on bond to deal with health issues related to obesity and diabetes.

Daye-Henderson is cooperating with police, according to investigators, and is charged with accessory after a murder.

Stainback, in motion documents filed in the case, said there has been no discussion about bond release since Hunter’s Feb. 6 arrest. Stainback also wants a court-appointed independent investigator.

Stainback filed motions, requesting a hearing for Monday in Warren County Superior Court. Clerks for the court said the case was not added to the docket.

Stainback’s motion points out Hunter’s ties to the community, including a pregnant fiancé and a child, extended family and employment.

Stainback also noted Daye-Henderson is free on $50,000 bond, and Lenita Fortson received an unsecuring of a $250,000 bond when health issues developed.

Stainback proposed bond to be set at $10,000 pursuant to Hunter’s “right to pre-trial release.

Stainback requested Michael Grissom, a noted Raleigh area forensics expert, to be assigned for independent interviews of witnesses and investigation of the 927 Oine Road BP station crime scene area just off Interstate 85’s exit 229.

Royvitt Fortson had served 10 years in prison prior to his release Nov. 17, 2012, according to state prison records, 45 days before he died.

Assistant District Attorneys Onica Fuller and Bill Williamson did not return requests for comments on a date for setting bond. Stainback also did not return a phone call for comment.

 

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.