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Brother of estranged husband to be charged in double homicide

Posted December 31, 2013

— The brother of a man investigators said was the primary suspect in the double homicide of a Louisburg mother and her daughter is expected to be charged with the killings, Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones said.

Ricky Junior Toney, 34, of 124 Ingle Dr. in Louisburg, and Joey Kearney, 16, of 27 Cucumber Shed Way in Louisburg, were shot by deputies following a six-hour search that spanned three counties. 

Toney died from his injuries. Kearney was shot in the hand and was treated and released from Franklin Regional Medical Center.

Kearney was interviewed by SBI agents and was in a holding cell at the Franklin County Sheriff's Office Tuesday evening, said Jones, who added that deputies plan to charge Kearney with the double homicide.

Law enforcement officers from several agencies had been searching for Toney — who was described as "armed and dangerous" — since a pre-dawn home invasion that left his estranged wife and her 16-year-old daughter dead.

Shortly before 9 a.m., Vance County Deputy Kenneth R. Wood spotted a gray Volkswagen on Cheeks Quarter Road in Franklin County driven by Toney, according to a statement from the Vance County Sheriff's Office. Kearney was in the passenger seat. The area is where Vance, Warren and Franklin counties meet.

The Volkswagen then rammed into Wood's vehicle and shots were fired, the statement said. The shooting incident occurred in Warren County. Wood was uninjured.

Investigators said his estranged wife, Akeisha Michelle Toney, 37, called 911 at about 2:30 a.m. After a few minutes, the phone line disconnected. Franklin County Deputy Ivan Jones soon arrived at her residence at 1775 W. River Road.

Jones noticed the lights were on at both ends of the home but no one answered after knocking on the front storm door multiple times, according to an incident report. Jones opened the storm door and noticed that the main door was unlocked. Jones and another deputy entered the residence.

"I entered the master bedroom of the residence and walked between the bed and dresser," Jones said in the report. "I noticed broken glass on the floor of the bedroom. I noticed blood pooling at the base of the bathroom door located inside the master bedroom."

Akeisha Toney and her daughter, Brianna Jones, were found lying on the bathroom floor.

"I noticed a mirror in the bathroom shattered from (what) appeared to be a gunshot," the report said. "As I backed out of the room I noticed the glass on the floor came from the mirror attached to a dresser with what appeared to be another gunshot."

Family members said Brianna Jones was a student at Louisburg High School.

"My niece, she was a good girl. I loved her," said Richard Collins, Brianna's uncle. "She didn't need to go down like this. It shouldn't have happened to her."

Relatives said Brianna Jones' older sister also lived in the house, but she was staying at a friend's house Monday night.

"It's shocking to me. It's like a dream," said Larry Collins, the girls' uncle. "It's unbelievable. We miss her. She'll be missed."

Akeisha Toney was granted a restraining order against her estranged husband in October, claiming that he threatened to kill her and himself, according to the document. Akeisha Toney also believed Toney owned a sawed-off shotgun, she said in the order.

Investigators asked for the public's help during the manhunt for Toney and warned that he might be driving a gray 2006 Volkswagen Passat. The vehicle was missing from the residence.

Toney was also wanted for questioning in a Dec. 20 homicide in Vance County.

Vance County investigators said the body of Roger Tant was found off Welden Mill Road on Dec. 22, although they believe he was killed two days earlier in a robbery.

Vance investigators said Toney was also wanted in connection with two murders in Franklin County.


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  • lovinOBX Jan 2, 2014

    The restraining order isn't a useless piece of paper if you have one and use that as part of your defense for killing the monster in self defense. Maybe her having a gun would have saved these precious lives...

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 31, 2013

    peds - "I tend to agree with the "one violent felony and you're out" sentiment."

    Heck, where did the three strikes and you're out go?

    Remember that???

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 31, 2013

    K9Tucker - "A restaining order is just a useless piece of paper."

    It is indeed. You would think as forward as society is nowadays, better ways of protecting those in danger would be available.

    But then when you have judges and magistrates giving those who have actually already abused a child, or an elderly and disabled person mere slaps on the wrist and then an open door, what can we expect for this, when we're not even seeing fair and true justice meted out by the justice system in actual injury/rape/murder cases anymore.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 31, 2013

    peace2u - "Sad, but the home is the most dangerous place for a woman."

    Often yes, but not just women, sometimes men and children too.

    Men aren't always the abuser, although the news stories we read seem to make it look like they are.

    Generally though, women, if abusive, are generally more verbally abusive than being physically so.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 31, 2013

    posting.privileges.are.revoked - "It's the culture of "no accountability" "no job" "no ID" "no checking account" "a brand new Chrysler 300 (with 24's) "no rules" etc. etc. If you're interested in where I got my info to support my claim, visit S. Main St. in Louisburg."

    What a load of rubbish, no matter where you got it from!!!

    Domestic abuse usually stems from immaturity and/or insecurity with a foundation of wanting to control someone else either to get what they want out of them or to make the situation look normal to friends and neighbors.

    How many times have we read that, "I would never have thought that person was violent. They were always so kind to friends and neighbors." etc etc etc ???

    It's immature insecure people who act differently behind closed doors than they act when other people are around. They bully those they claim to love in private surroundings, while drawing inside of themselves to show niceness when others are around.

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop Dec 31, 2013

    A restaining order is just a useless piece of paper. Prayers to the victims families.

  • peace2u Dec 31, 2013

    Men of all social, racial, and economic backgrounds kill their wives and girlfriends. The period after a separation is especially dangerous for the woman. Her best bet would have been to go to a shelter or in hiding some other way.

  • peace2u Dec 31, 2013

    Sad, but the home is the most dangerous place for a woman.

  • Bill of Rights Dec 31, 2013

    JUSTONEGODLESSTHANU: I agree with you 100%. I don't care a wit if people want to grow a plant in their basement. And I believe strongly in *very* limited government.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 31, 2013

    Crazy idea, but maybe they could stop jailing people who possess a plant leaf (that's safer than tobacco or alcohol) to make room for violent criminals like this guy?

    We could free up at least 15% of our prison space and stop paroling the *real* criminals.

    I'm sure the "less government" crowd is with me, right? LOL