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Former UNC football player faces gun charge in Kinston

Posted May 9, 2012

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— Former University of North Carolina football player Christopher Hawkins has been arrested in Kinston on charges of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

Hawkins was arrested at 11:46 a.m. Wednesday by Kinston police and placed in the Lenoir County Jail under a $35,000 secured bond.

Hawkins, who played for the UNC football team from 2001-03, was disassociated from the program after it was found that he provided extra benefits to three players in 2010. Hawkins’ involvement with the program came into question during an NCAA investigation into the football program for multiple violations involving academic fraud and agent-player relationships.

Hawkins was arrested on April 23, 2009, on felony charges of trafficking cocaine and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana.

His most recent arrest stems from a May 3, shooting at 2323 Briarfield Road in Kinston. According to a police report, members of the Kinston police department responded to a “shots fired” call at the address. Upon arrival, officers found the residence, which was occupied at the time of the shooting, had been struck by gunfire. Shell casings were also found at the residence. No one was injured during this incident and it remains under investigation.

A warrant for the arrest of another individual involved, Courtney Olds, is still out.

Police said Anthony Derell Reese, who was inside at the time of the shooting, attempted to chase the shooter. Reese ran a stop sign, struck another vehicle then fled the scene.

He was taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital, and police found a 9 mm handgun near his wrecked car.  Reese surrendered to police on Monday on charges of hit and run, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and discharging a firearm in the city. He too was being held in the Lenoir County Jail. His bond was set at $5,000.

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  • bohica2 May 11, 2012

    Shocked, SHOCKED! I tell you!

  • Bartmeister May 10, 2012

    UNC football coach should not allow him to be on the team.

    Well it was 10 years ago when he played.That was pre Bunting era, no?

  • NCSU84 May 10, 2012

    Poor UNC..not a lot of good press lately...lol

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 May 10, 2012

    UNC football coach should not allow him to be on the team.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 May 10, 2012

    on charges of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

    See, not know the proper use of a loaded gun can get you into serious trouble. What was he doing with the loaded gun in the first place. He could have killed or hurt someone. He should have been charged and may he learn from it. Of course I doubt he will.

  • joeBob May 10, 2012

    UNC has quite a rogue's gallery of gangsters and convicts that used to play for their school. They must be so proud. Just win baby!

  • Coach K is still GREAT May 10, 2012

    LOL! Another black eye for unc. Former player, then agent runner for the unc football team, soon to be on the prison football team. On a positive note, he did get good grades in college.

    Riddickfield
    May 10, 2012 2:14 p.m.
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    In what... African American Studies?

  • Riddickfield May 10, 2012

    LOL! Another black eye for unc. Former player, then agent runner for the unc football team, soon to be on the prison football team. On a positive note, he did get good grades in college.

  • Sallie May 10, 2012

    What does this have to do with UNC!!!!

  • The Gooch May 10, 2012

    "Your statement is incorrect. By use of the headline, it draws in commentary. The media needs the hits. In truth, the headline association and the fact that UNC has disassociated Hawkins from the University means nothing to the media. Just more media hype at the expense of the School. Sad." - YankeeAirPirate

    This guy was hanging out at UNC football facilities as recently as 2010. Only after he was identified by ESPN as being under investigation for coke trafficking did UNC seem interested in distancing itself from him. Then all the stuff came to light about him essentially serving as an agent runner for UNC players and the university and athletics dept. finally did the "right thing" in telling him to get lost. I agree that media outlets often provide links between no-goodnicks and institutions that are less than "current," but 2010 isn't exactly ancient history.

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