Man convicted of kidnapping, killing Goldsboro teen
Posted April 1, 2014
Goldsboro, N.C. — A Goldsboro man was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole in the 2012 murder of a 16-year-old.
The body of Kennedy Fitzgerald McLaurin Jr., 16, of Goldsboro, was found Sept. 22, 2012, on a farm about 30 minutes east of Goldsboro, less than two weeks after the teen was kidnapped near his home in the Woodcrest Housing Community.
According to an autopsy report, McLaurin was shot twice in the chest, beaten on the head with a shovel, burned, buried and then dug up a day later and re-buried.
A jury convicted Leonard Eugene Joyner, 23, of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the case.
Three others charged in the case – Jerome Jilah Butts, 21, Kevin Edward Smith, 20, and Curtis Etheridge, 19, all of Goldsboro – each pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping. They are awaiting sentencing.