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Knightdale father, son plead guilty in shooting death

Posted August 24, 2011

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— A Knightdale man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing a teen last year during an argument with his daughter's ex-boyfriend, and the girl's brother pleaded guilty to trying to cover up the crime.

Rajal Amed Wisdom Sr., 46, of 101 Elmridge Drive, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for first-degree murder. Rajal Amed Wisdom Jr., 23, of the same address, was sentenced to 58 to 79 months in prison for being an accessory after the fact of murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Nigel Ellison, 17, was shot and killed on March 21, 2010, at the intersection of Skycrest Drive and Southall Road in Raleigh.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Latour said Ellison was riding in a car with his friend, Kalife Johnson, and another teen when the Wisdoms chased them down and cut in front of Johnson's car.

Johnson had broken up with Mariah Wisdom, then 17, about two weeks earlier, Latour said, and she told her mother that she feared she was either pregnant or have contracted a sexually transmitted disease from him.

Rajal Wisdom Sr. became infuriated because Johnson wouldn't take any calls from him or his daughter to discuss the situation, Latour said. He broke into Johnson's apartment and smashed his television shortly before the shooting.

When Johnson arrived home, Rajal Wisdom Jr. tried to get him to talk to the family, but Johnson and his two friends drove off, Latour said. The father, son and daughter followed them their SUV and cut them off at Southall Road and Skycrest Drive.

Defense attorney Karl Knudsen, who represented Rajal Wisdom Jr., said one of the teens was shouting at the family that he was a gang member and was armed, but Latour said no weapons were found in Johnson's car.

As the teens fled the car toward some nearby woods, Wisdom Sr. fired a shot that hit Johnson in the arm and then hit Ellison in the side, killing him, Latour said.

The family then drove to a music studio where Rajal Wisdom Jr. records songs under the rap name "Real Dynamite," and he wiped down the SUV and discarded the spent shell casing, Latour said.

The father tried to dispose of the gun in a nearby pond, and both men fled to Georgia, where they were arrested four days later, Latour said.

Rajal Wisdom Sr. had no intention of hurting anyone, defense attorney Michael Weiss said. He only wanted to talk to Johnson about "doing the right thing" if his daughter was pregnant, Weiss said.

"He's nothing but sorry," Weiss told Superior Court Judge Osmond Smith and members of Ellison's family.

As part of a plea agreement, a murder charge against Mariah Wisdom was dismissed.

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  • Kimbby Aug 25, 2011

    READ THE STORY! THE BOYFRIEND WAS NOT KILLED!! THE BOYFRIEND'S FRIEND WAS KILLED. ELLISON WAS THE FRIEND OF THE EX BOYFRIEND:

    "Johnson had broken up with Mariah Wisdom, then 17, about two weeks earlier"

  • edbuck51 Aug 24, 2011

    this is why you don't take the law into your own hands

  • hellorhighwaters Aug 24, 2011

    airbornemonty......you are so right. I, too, if all that you said has been consider. If this girl truely did or said all this to punish the ex-boyfriend, look who is really getting punished. Yes, he lost his life....and that's a terrible thing for any mother to have to go through (I know). But she lost her father and her brother. And probably some respect to a degree from both her father and brother. The father, she will visit in prison for the rest of her life; the brother will have a felony record, for the rest of his life.

    If she did all this for revenge; she needs to sit and think, for a long time of what has just happened.

    Whether she is pregnant or not....what the father did would not have helped the situation one way or another. It only made everything worst.

    So....now she....has to live with this, for the rest of...'her life'.

  • twc Aug 24, 2011

    jrfergerson, you are correct! And most likely life without parole will some day be declared unconstitutional. Probably be declared "cruel and unusual."

  • twc Aug 24, 2011

    With many people, you don't mess with the daughter or the son.

  • twc Aug 24, 2011

    Especially if the daughter tells the father that she's pregnant but she didn't do nothing.

  • jrfergerson Aug 24, 2011

    Wisdom Sr. is smiling like a Cheshire cat because he knows we the taxpayers will be keeping him up for quite a few years. Since NC has abolished the death penalty there is no 'deterrent' to crime in this country. When convicted and imprisoned criminals have a better lifestyle, and way more benefits, than a fourth of our population, what is to stop them? Prisons are no more than holiday hotels today for the criminals and all on the taxpayer’s dime.

  • dont_preach Aug 24, 2011

    "A man and his daughter...you don't mess with that"-wags

    AMEN TO THAT MY BROTHER!! HE SHOULD HAVE NEVER KILLED NOR SHOT THE GUY BUT YOU NEVER MESS WITH A FATHER AND A DAUGHTER! THANK YOU WAGS!

  • twc Aug 24, 2011

    Why are women always held unaccountable? The father must have been unaware of just how much leverage the daughter had if he had just used the justice system as his weapon.

    Ask any woman who has taken her man before the judge. Especially the women judges.

  • airbornemonty Aug 24, 2011

    I wonder if the girl might have lied to her father when she told him that she might be pregnant or that the boy might have given her a venereal disease just to punish the boyfriend for breaking up with her.

    If that is the case, isn't she just as guilty as the short tempered father for instigating the results. Hmmmm,I wonder if the District Attorney might have thought of that, Ah, probably not, but it would have been something to consider.

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