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Murder charge filed after man beaten in Raleigh dies

Posted October 25, 2013

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— A 64-year-old man who was hospitalized earlier this month after being beaten with a bottle during an attempted robbery near downtown Raleigh has died.

Raleigh police said Friday that Curtis Ray Woodard died Wednesday at WakeMed, where he was taken after the Oct. 7 incident in the 900 block of East Hargett Street.

Britis Andruce Previlon, 32, who is accused of assaulting Woodard, was charged with murder.

Previlon had been in the Wake County jail on charges of attempted murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and resisting a public officer.

The night of the assault, a witness called 911 to report a “younger gentleman chasing an older guy” in a suit who was carrying several bags and appeared to be homeless. The older man then fell, the caller said.

Residents in the area said the attacker jumped over a fence into someone's backyard and ran away. The attack appeared so bad, they said, that they thought Woodard was already dead when EMS arrived.

Previlon was found a short time later, with the help of a Wake County Sheriff's Office K-9, about six blocks away in the 200 block of South State Street.

An obituary in the Wilson Times stated that Woodard was from Wilson.


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  • fed.up69 Oct 25, 2013

    Felony murder rule will apply any murder committed during the commission of a felony is considered 1st degree.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 25, 2013

    If convicted immediate death penalty is what should happen. It won't, even if given that penalty this guy will get to live quite a few more years and may never face the appropriate punishment for his crime. So the mayhem can continue and we will simply continue filling body bags.

  • beachboater Oct 25, 2013

    Beat a homeless man twice his age with a BOTTLE. Couldn't even man up and use his fists, had to have an advantage.

    What did he expect to steal from a homeless person?

    I expect the charges will be upgraded, and I think if someone dies as the result of a robbery it's first degree. First degree is just what this guy deserves. He should never walk the streets again.

  • computer trainer Oct 25, 2013

    Killed a man, twice his age. Shame on him!

  • Tax Man Oct 25, 2013

    Execution is the only remedy. This perpetrator is not needed in our society and needs to be put to rest for the good of all of us. God Bless the poor gentleman that died at the hands of this puke.

  • scubagirl2 Oct 25, 2013

    A man was MURDERED during a robbery......doesn't sound like 2nd degree to me. We need to start PUNISHING people for crimes they commit instead of slapping them on the wrist.

  • beachbum1 Oct 25, 2013

    When are people going to wake up. Read your news, every day the same thing. There needs to be a stop to these actions. Stop slapping them on the wrist. If the cost is too high then stop catering to them with TV's etc. Put them where they need to find ways to stay warm of plant their own foot.

  • 27501 Oct 25, 2013

    this is why we need the death penalty to be enforced

  • Maxxx Oct 25, 2013

    *second degree

  • retiredfolk1 Oct 25, 2013

    We need the two strikes law in North Carolina. Two violent felonies should put the person away for life. It protects the public and sends a strong message that violent behavior will not be tolerated by society.