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Four Oaks man charged in fatal Johnston shooting

Posted December 3, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014

Howard Joseph Wood Jr.

— A Four Oaks man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting late Wednesday near Selma, according to the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.

Howard Joseph Wood Jr., 47, of 856 Berea Church Road, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jamel Monee McCoy. He was being held without bond in the Johnston County jail.

McCoy, 19, died after being shot at her home in the 300 block of Condary Road at about 9:30 p.m., authorities said.

Investigators haven't released information regarding a possible motive in the shooting.

Wood has a criminal record dating to 2006, including convictions on charges of communicating threats, assault on an officer or state employee, criminal trespass, injury to personal property and possession of a controlled substance, according to state Department of Public Safety records.

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  • Itsmyopinion67 Dec 4, 2014

    Was this a hate crime?