The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

November 19, 2012

Two more Edgecombe men arrested in Wilson murder

The Daily Southerner
John H. Walker

TARBORO — Two more Edgecombe County men have been arrested and charged in the Oct. 24 killing of a Raleigh man outside a Wilson apartment building.

Jamaal Jemel Hilliard, 25, of 712 Chesnut St. in Tarboro and Rameik Anderson, 18, of 370 Melissa Dr., were arrested Wednesday by agents of the U.S. Marshals Service and Wilson police in Edgecombe County.

Hilliard is charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon while Anderson was charged as an accessory after the fact in connection with the shooting death of 29-year-old Ronnie Earl Griffin, Jr. of Raleigh during a robbery attempt.

Police had previously arrested 27-Darrion Devon Williams of 240 River Run Road, located east of Rocky Mount in rural Edgecombe County, and charged him with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the killing.

Wilson police discovered Griffin’s body in a car located at 1901 Lipscomb Road shortly before 10 a.m. on Oct. 24 after residents in the apartment building reported hearing gunshots.

As of yet, police have not said how they believe the three Edgecombe County men and Griffin were connected, if at all.

At the time of his arrest, Hilliard was wanted by the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections for jumping parole in connection with a conviction last February on charges of a felon in possession of a firearm. Hilliard also spent a month in prison for a June 2011 conviction on charges of willful and wanton injury to real property and using or possessing drug paraphernalia. Both convictions were in Edgecombe County.

Hilliard also did time in late 2008 and early 2009 on Edgecombe County convictions for hit-and-run, speeding to elude arrest, driving while license revoked and carrying a concealed weapon.

His first conviction came in June 2003 on charges of simple affray and causing wanton injury to personal property, also in Edgecombe County.

At the time of his arrest, Hilliard had criminal charges pending in Edgecombe County Superior Court of felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, felony possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Williams was taken into custody on Nov. 7 and, at the time of his arrest, was on probation for a December 2011 driver's license revocation. He had been sentenced to 24 months of supervised probation on Nov. 1.

Williams has 20 charges pending against him in 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.

He served three months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections for a 2007 drug conviction for possession with the intent to sell and deliver schedule II. He also has prior convictions for possession with the intent to sell and deliver schedule II conviction in 2006 and for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle — receiving probation in both cases.

No prior record could be located for Anderson.