One murder charge pending in Warren

Aug. 01, 2014 @ 05:41 PM

WARRENTON — There is one first-degree murder case pending in Warren County, compared to a handful in Granville County and dozens in Vance County.

William H. Hunter, 26, of 126 Hood Lane, Manson, was indicted last year for the shooting death of Royvitt L. Fortson.

According to the autopsy report, Fortson died from two gunshot injuries to the rear-upper leg area.

The shooting took place at a BP gas station on Oine Road in Norlina, on Jan. 1, 2013.

After he was shot, Fortson was transported to Maria Parham Medical Center — where he was pronounced dead.

The district attorney’s office gave notice of intent not to seek the death penalty in this case.

Defense attorney Jerry Stainback represents Hunter.

Court documents indicate Fortson was meeting his wife, Lenita Fortson, at the BP gas station that day to collect his belongings.

Lenita S. Fortson and Corey Daye-Henderson were also arrested in the case.

According to court documents, Daye-Henderson and Hunter were in the vehicle with Lenita Fortson on the day Royvitt Fortson died.

Lenita Fortson was charged with murder but has since died.

She gained a special release from jail to get into a hospital because of medical conditions and later died there.

Daye-Henderson is facing a charge of accessory after a felony.

A search warrant was executed at 511 Spring Court, Henderson — where Hunter was reportedly living at the time of the incident.

There, officers seized spent shell casings belonging to a .40-caliber Winchester ammunition fired from a Smith & Wesson firearm.

They also found a clear plastic bag containing green vegetable material.

In Granville County, there are four defendants facing first-degree murder changes, and Vance County has more than 20 first-degree murder cases pending.


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