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Charge: Goldsboro correctional officer's death was murder

Posted February 21, 2011

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— A Goldsboro correctional officer who died in January 2010 was murdered, an investigation into his death concluded.

Edward Ashley Pounds' death was initially believed to have stemmed from natural causes. A further investigation by the Medical Examiners Office in Greenville found his January 2010 illness and death stemmed from an altercation two months earlier with an inmate at Neuse Correctional Institution, where Pounds worked.

The inmate, Chardan Whitehead, was arrested Feb. 17 and charged with murder.

Whitehead spent most of the 14 months since his fight with Pounds in custody. He was released from the Edgecombe County Jail on Feb. 12. Just five days later, he returned to the jail before his transfer to the Wayne County Detention Center where he was being held Monday without bond.

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  • commonsense99 Feb 22, 2011

    It's amazing how the big wigs at Division will make a special trip across the state to interview an inmate complaining about salt and pepper or quick to make negative comments against officers who are actually doing their jobs to protect themselves against inmates to media outlets before an investigation is complete. But no comments whats-so-ever here when an officer's life is taken. No wonder officers' morale is so low in this dept. No support from Raleigh!!! Jenny Lancaster and Alvin Keller should be at the officer's family front door on their knees giving their apologies. They need to be ashamed of themselves!!!

  • NoObamaCare Feb 21, 2011

    I am assuming that he sustained a head injury that went unnoticed from the altercation?!

  • lilcarmex86 Feb 21, 2011

    Very sad situation. Atleast they caught the Whitehead!