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Man Charged in Wilson Slayings

Posted December 19, 2006

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— A Rocky Mount man was arrested late Monday and charged with killing a Wilson couple within hours of moving into their home last week, authorities said.

Steve Allen Ward, 37, of 400 Courtland Drive in Rocky Mount, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He is being held without bond in the Wilson County Jail.

The bodies of Danny Richardson, 30, of Wilson, and Lathosa West, 23, of Grifton, were found inside the master bedroom at a house at 4574 Evansdale Road at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. A concerned relative stopped by Richardson's house and found the couple's bodies.

Authorities said both victims were killed last Wednesday morning. They had been shot multiple times, but investigators haven't located a murder weapon.

Richardson and Ward were friends and had just reacquainted, authorities said. Richardson invited Ward to move in, which he did last Tuesday night, authorities said.

"They were both in bed (Wednesday) morning when Mr. Ward went in, knocked on the door. They awoke, and at that point, there was some confrontation, and that's when the shots were fired," Wilson County Sheriff Wayne Gay said.

"We have, really, no motive for this crime, other than we believe it possibly stems from some revenge over an incident the two of them had, possibly several years ago," Gay said.

After Wilson County authorities put out an alert for Ward on Monday, state Highway Patrol troopers responding to a wreck in Martin County recognized one of the drivers as Ward, authorities said. They took him into custody and returned him to Wilson.

Richardson and West had been dating for about five months, authorities said. He was separated from his wife and had two children, with a third on the way.

West, an Army reservist, was reported missing Friday by her mother.

"I just hope this guy gets what he deserves," Army Spc. Bryce Bozman said Tuesday after attending Ward's court hearing. "(West) was a great person. She was a great soldier."

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  • sedwards164 Dec 20, 2006

    This is a tragic story, no matter how you look at it. Mr. Richardson did not deserve to die this way, after all he was gracious enough to allow Mr. Ward to have a roof over his head. It's hard to believe that somebody could have this type of hate in their heart. Secondly, Ms. West, did not deserve to die this way either. And finally, my heart and many blessings go out to his wife, and children!

  • c4turner Dec 20, 2006

    I do not care who the H*ll any of you are. The fact is My family members are dead! Can you not understand that. This so called man you think you KILLED! KNOW IT< LIVE IT< DEAL WITH IT!! I just wish to god I could have found him first and the crash did not kill him. Steve Allen Ward have fun in hell!!

  • prcanne Dec 20, 2006

    It is public info...but, I have not known north carolina to EVER mess up on a murder investigation. If he did it, he did it...if not, the truth will set him free!

  • blkf4whitemale Dec 20, 2006

    my heart goes out to the familys involved in this..especially to dannys people he was truly a great man, he will be missed deeply. save a spot in heaven for me

  • blkf4whitemale Dec 20, 2006

    well i knew danny personally and he was truley one of the best men in this world and i cant believe this happened i cared deeply for him, he was one of my best friends..he didnt deserve to die like this..as for mr ward i hope he gets what he deserves...he deserves the DEATH PENALTY!!!! innocent til proven guilty my ass hes a coward and he needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extinct!

  • magalene45 Dec 20, 2006

    It's really sad, no matter what, he shouldn't have killed them.

  • notyavgkat2002 Dec 20, 2006

    thank the lord they didn't have any children

  • jgriffith3792 Dec 19, 2006

    Agree with innocent until proven guilty. A jury of his peers will determine that. If he is guilty though, get that needle out......

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  • pitight Dec 19, 2006

    ok see, bear this is not about who he was sleeping with ,,we have someone that was murdered her regaurdless of who he was sleeping with.