The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

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November 9, 2012

Edgecombe man charged in Wilson murder

TARBORO — An Edgecombe County man has been charged with first-degree murder in Wilson.

Wilson police say  27-year old Darrion Devon WIlliams, 240 River Run Road, Rocky Mount, shot a Raleigh man while he was sitting inside of his vehicle during an Oct. 24 robbery outside a Wilson apartment.

In addition, Williams was charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. The two Wilson charges bring the total number of charges pending against Williams to 22 — including 20 in Edgecombe County.

Police are uncertain how Williams, who lives in rural Edgecombe County, and his victim, 29-year-old Ronnie Earl Griffin, Jr., came in contact with one another.

Officers found Griffin's body in a car at 1901 Lipscomb Road shortly before 10 a.m. on Oct. 24 after residents in the Beacon Pointe Apartments reported hearing gunshots.

The police call prompted three Wilson to go into secure lockdown.

According to The Wilson Times, police haven't said whether Griffin was driving the vehicle, which has Tennessee plates.

At the time of his arrest Wednesday, Williams was on probation for a December 2011 driver's license revocation. He had been sentenced to 24 months of supervised probation last Thursday.

Williams has 20 charges pending against him in the Edgecombe County, including two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two counts of felony sell or deliver cocaine, two counts of felony possession of cocaine, two counts of felony sell or deliver marijuana, simple possession of marijuana, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, conspire to break and enter a building, two counts of driving while license revoked, speeding and two counts of domestic order protective violation.

Williams has served time in the North Carolina Department of Corrections for a 2007 drug conviction for possession with the intent to sell and deliver schedule II. He served three months for that conviction.

He also has prior convictions for another possession with the intent to sell and deliver schedule II conviction in 2006 and for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle where he received probation in both cases.

 

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