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Second teen charged in Nash County double slaying

Posted July 16, 2012

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— As police continue investigating what led a birthday celebration to turn violent over the weekend, they charged a second teenager Monday with murder in the case.

Investigators arrested Jacob Whitfield, 17, Saturday night on two charges of first-degree murder after he allegedly shot and killed his father and stepmother in their Nash County home.

Whitfield's friend, Joshua Powers, 17, was also charged with two counts of murder Monday afternoon, Police Chief Chris Wagstaff said.

He would not say how Powers might have been involved in the shooting, nor would he comment on a possible motive.

He did say that Whitfield called 911 to report the shootings and then asked, after his arrest, whether North Carolina has a death penalty.

"I didn't respond to him," Wagstaff said.

Officers responding to a 911 call around 11:30 p.m. Saturday found the bodies of Brian Whitfield, 44, and Charisma Whitfield, 31, upstairs in their Whitakers home, at 503 W. Taylor St.

Nash County shooting leaves two dead Second teen charged in Nash County double slaying

Jacob Whitfield had been visiting from Virginia, where he lives with his mother, Wagstaff said, and the family had been to dinner in Rocky Mount earlier in the evening to celebrate Charisma Whitfield's birthday.

Wagstaff said Jacob Whitfield was calm when police arrived and that, when he was taken into custody, he talked about how nice the police car was.

Whitfield also wanted to know whether he was going to have a nice jail cell, a place to sleep and a good meal, Wagstaff said.

The teen is being held in isolation at the Nash County jail and will appear in court Tuesday, Wagstaff said.

Saturday shootings are only the second homicide case in the town in the last 10 years.

Wagstaff called it one of the most disturbing cases he's seen in his 20-year law enforcement career.

People who know the family say they can't believe it.

"It's just troubling to know that every time I look out my window now, I see that (house) as a grave," neighbor Charice Rosser said. "They were murdered there."

Jacob Whitfield attended Northern Nash High School until he transferred last year. Former classmates have said he was quiet and kept to himself.

"He was smart, in honors classes. He made A's and B's," former classmate Taquan Stokes said. "We were in English 10 together. Matter of fact, he helped me with my work."

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  • bitterlogan Jul 24, 2012

    im soooooooooo sad :(

  • bitterlogan Jul 24, 2012

    i know where im brians son in his drawers upstairs for protection

  • piene2 Jul 18, 2012

    " As a holder of this permit, I have passed several background checks performed by the State Police, Moore Country Sheriff’s department, FBI, BATFE, as well as a state mandated proficiency concealed carry course. Yep they are just giving them out.
    loprestw"

    Yes right, this from a government that the Whiners here claim can not do anything right? They bungle everything else but they do a bang up job passing out gun permits. You should hear yourselves.

  • loprestw Jul 17, 2012

    fayncmike, The way they're handing out gun permits to everyone and anyone who wants one, it's difficult to find any plac3w where there aren't guns laying around.
    As a holder of this permit, I have passed several background checks performed by the State Police, Moore Country Sheriff’s department, FBI, BATFE, as well as a state mandated proficiency concealed carry course.
    Yep they are just giving them out.

  • Obamanation Jul 17, 2012

    Sure, blame the black kid for providing the weapon.

  • snposoft2 Jul 17, 2012

    People often get a skewed view of death penalty and deterence. They are not interconnected. There are no repeat offenders who have received the death penalty.....none. Also, if we would just expedite our judicial and appeal process, along with impeccable evidence, then the death penalty is actually a relaxation on government spending, and we all can benefit from that. Death penalty only removes those who we have no use to pay for.

  • fayncmike Jul 17, 2012

    "Wonder where he got the gun?
    larky74406 "

    The way they're handing out gun permits to everyone and anyone who wants one, it's difficult to find any plac3w where there aren't guns laying around.

  • piene2 Jul 17, 2012

    "Nice jail cell? Yeah, with lowest possible rate.
    thefensk"

    Jail cells are rated? Does Michelin or Zaggot rate them? I can see it now, Cell 14B has a nice view of the garbage dump so we gave it three and a half stars. The television in cell 25C has a snowy picture so we only gave it two stars. Is that about how it works? Or perhaps they use something like keys instead of stars.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 17, 2012

    It's amazing how when facts are presented that clearly prove that the death penalty is Not a deterrant...Conservatives just ignore that part and continue to call for blood.

    THIS is the harm in believing things without evidence. It stops a thinking mind.

  • halfpint1552 Jul 17, 2012

    And the plot thickens! Was this "friend" at the house at the time of the shotting? I wonder if he just gave the "adult child" the gun that he used to kill his parents.

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