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Man shot at Goldsboro home dies

Posted April 15, 2012
Updated April 16, 2012

— A Goldsboro man faces a murder charge after the man he is accused of shooting on Sunday died.

Police said Monday that Brandon Marquett Phillips, 37, of Pikeville, had died at Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was shot in the front yard of  235 Wayne Ave. Sunday.

Charges against Demarko Devon Briggs, 27, of 627 Isler St., were upgraded to murder Monday morning, and he was denied bond. He had originally been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and given a $100,000 secured bond. He is set to appear in court Monday.

Phillips' death was Goldsboro's first homicide case of 2012.

Briggs has 2005 convictions for assault on a female and wanton injury to personal property, according to state Division of Adult Correction records.


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  • nette8808 Apr 19, 2012

    This is so out of Demarko's character. He does not spend his days standing on the street corner. He had just got off work trying to support his family!If he did do this, he was pushed in a corner to the point of no return! His teammates wish him well.

  • drm19642000 Apr 16, 2012

    I know Demarko Briggs well. He has been working the same full time job for the last 8 years. A family with three kids. This is beyound his character. He just got off work a few hours before this happened, and it was one street from his home. Now the victom was 15 miles from his home at the wey hours of the morning. If he did shot and kill this man he had to be treatened.

  • NCAries Apr 16, 2012

    Of course, most parents aren't parenting, schools aren't teaching morals...dae66

    And most employers won't hire exoffenders, no matter how small the offense...no jobs for those who would like to turn it around, no job prospects and societal demand for money for everything leads to an increase in crime.

  • Ambygirl Apr 16, 2012

    You know, when you look at the mug shots of these charachters, not one of them looks scared. They look defiant and arrogant. They need someone or something to scare the ever-lovin daylights out of them when they think they are going to jail. If it were me, my eyes would be swollen from crying just knowing where I was headed because I would be so scared. They know they are getting a hot meal 3 times a day, cable TV and and air conditioned/heated place to live with no repercussions to the crimes they have committed. Heck, it's better than a Holiday Inn Express!!

  • wdweveryyear Apr 16, 2012

    I guess folks want more prisons built.

    works for me!!

  • sunshine1040 Apr 16, 2012

    School job is to teach the 3 R,s Parents job to try to teach morals but then when parent try to discipline then they are accused of abuse many times. some kids respond to time out,some to a lecture, and some you need to get their attention with a slap on the lower back side where the palm of the hand fits but it is time for the judge to do their job lock them up and take away their privledges no tv, no dessert.

  • jet9192 Apr 16, 2012

    In a lot of cases, kids grow up in turmoil because of the way their parents live but this is not the case for many young people who lose their way.

    There are also lots of young people who live in good homes, are raised in the best way possible, are being taught morals and good Christian ways of life who still go out and commit crimes. Who do you blame? You can only blame the individual who commits the crime. In many homes, the youngster starts at the age of 12 or younger when they don't say no to drugs. This can lead to selling and distributing drugs, stealing anything they can sell for $5 or more to later illegally acquiring a gun. Then comes the charge of murder. I don't know what the answer is but I do know if there was any possible way to control drugs, murders would decrease significantly.

    We are losing so many of our kids to crime at a young age as well as loved ones who are older. What can we do? Does anyone have an answer?

  • Dis evenin Apr 16, 2012

    wanton injury? Like wanton soup?

  • wmp8396 Apr 16, 2012

    building more prisons could be part of those 'shovel ready' jobs Obama and our money failed to produce. let's build alot more and vote for judges who will fill them up. elections have consequences---

  • jet Apr 16, 2012

    Tired of " blaming the parents all the time" garbage. You as a parent have no control over a child that has gone past 21 years of age. Kids grow up, have their own mind, and can choose the wrong path.

    Bad parents make it more likely but there is no guarantee for good parents their kids won't make the wrong friends, get into drugs and go down the wrong path.

    Most of this "blame the parents" probably comes from people with no kids that have no reality check on how difficult it is to raise your kids and keep them safe.