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Greenville man wanted in robbery, slaying

Posted September 6, 2011

— A 22-year-old man was wanted Tuesday on charges that he robbed and killed a 60-year-old Greenville man in August.

Investigators believe that Willie James Langley Jr. shot and killed William Hardy Cooper, who was found dead in his vehicle in a driveway outside Langley's apartment at 1491 Fleming St. on Aug. 24.

Langley was wanted on charges of murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Anyone with information on Langley's whereabouts or about the crime was asked to call Greenville police at 252-329-3937 or Pitt/Greenville Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777. Tips can also be sent by texting PITTGV to 274637. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that solve crimes.

Langley was released from jail on July 26 after serving nearly eight months for a probation violation, according to state Department of Correction records. He's also served four- and six-month sentences for earlier probation violations.

He has convictions for felony breaking and entering, larceny over $1,000 and three counts of felony drug possession.


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  • wildcat Sep 6, 2011

    Praying that they find this killer soon and locked him up for life. Anyone hiding him, should also be charged.

  • braddavis Sep 6, 2011

    Arm yourselves people, and use it if you need to. Our judicial system fails us daily. I will not fail myself.

  • Seeminglyopposed Sep 6, 2011

    This menace to society should have never been out to kill this innocent man!

  • ashewing Sep 6, 2011

    For those who went to ECU and remember the Elbo Room this is "Bozo the Cowboy" - Bozo, you will be missed by many!!

  • danunger Sep 6, 2011

    Hey justice system....when does the tally of bodies equal putting him away for the rest of his life.....or get a needle? Do you really want to see a Vigilante system evolve? People are getting tired of criminals being back on the street. Make jail a VERY bad place to go and hopefully reduce the number of crooks out there, currently there is no deterrent....except at my house.

  • Wendellcatlover Sep 6, 2011

    Rehabilitation is a joke...there is no such thing for some people. If he is a felon, he should've been in jail and this innocent victim would not be a victim at all!!!

  • Bartmeister Sep 6, 2011

    Rehabilitation apparently is not an option for this boy. He'll be caught, if convicted sentenced to a lengthy sentence. So long Willie.

  • hunter38 Sep 6, 2011

    Once again....why was he even out??? Its obvious that he can't do probation without violating it....so the logical thing is to just keep him locked up. Why keep giving him probation? Probation is not working!!!!!