Man killed in Lillington's first homicide in two decades
Posted October 15, 2013
Updated October 16, 2013
Lillington, N.C. — A 22-year-old man was shot and killed Tuesday on Cedar Grove School Road in Lillington, police said, in the town's first homicide since 1991.
Three suspects were taken into custody shortly before 11 p.m. in the shooting death of William Perry Council.
Brothers Tyrone Allen Hardy, 21, and Davaughn Hardy, 22, and their cousin, 21-year-old William Deshawn Hardy, each face first-degree murder and conspiracy charges. They were scheduled to make court appearances Wednesday.
Stephan McPhatter said Council was his cousin.
"He died right here. We stayed here with him right until his last moment," McPhatter said. "When he took off, when he fell, he fell right there with me."
McPhatter described Council as a promising young man who got along with everybody.
But investigators said two men got into an argument with Council that ended with them shooting him in the street around 5:30 p.m.
"We're going to be out all night trying to track these suspects down," said police Chief Frank Powers before the arrests. "We're not going to sleep until we have them."
Powers said the town of Lillington won't tolerate this type of violent crime.
"This is not going to happen here," he said. "It's been a long time – 22 years since this happened. It's going to be 22 more years before it happens again."