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Nash County teens face double murder charges in court

Posted July 17, 2012

— Two teenagers made their first appearance in a Nash County courtroom Tuesday on murder charges in the weekend shooting deaths of one of the teen's parents.

Jacob Whitfield, 17, was arrested Saturday night on two first-degree murder charges after Whitakers police say he shot his father, Brian Whitfield, and stepmother, Charisma Whitfield, in the couple's Whitakers home.

Whitakers Police Chief Chris Wagstaff would not comment Monday on a possible motive.

Jacob Whitfield's friend, Joshua Powers, 17, was arrested on the same charges Monday afternoon.

Investigators won't say how Powers might be involved in the crimes. The pair know each other from Northern Nash High School, where Jacob Whitfield attended until he transferred in November.

Their court appearances were brief. A District Court judge ordered that they be assigned public defenders and set their next court date for Aug. 2.

"I don't have any idea how he was involved in it," Powers' mother, Debbie Scott, said after her son's court appearance Tuesday morning. "I don't know what's completely going on."

Jacob Whitfield lives with his mother, Nicole Whitfield, in Chesapeake, Va., Wagstaff said, and had been visiting his father. The family, including Whitfield's 10-year-old half-brother, had been celebrating Charisma Whitfield's 31st birthday earlier in the evening.

Brian Whitfield and Charisma Whitfield Teens in court for Nash couple's shooting deaths

According to the website VisaJourney.com, Brian Whitfield, 44, and his wife, married in November 2008. Charisma Whitfield was from the Phillipines.

Nicole Whitfield, who sobbed in court, said afterward that she is in "total shock" about what happened. She said she spoke to her ex-husband on Friday and that everything seemed fine.

"I'm more than heartbroken. There's no words," she said. "I wish I could change (what happened), and I'm sure Jacob wishes that, too. Jacob was a very sweet, caring, kind, intelligent kid."

Wagstaff said Jacob Whitfield called police after the shootings but that the teenager did not admit to them.

He seemed calm, Wagstaff said, and was talking about how nice the police car was and wanted to know if he were going to get a private jail cell and good meal.

"He asked me if North Carolina had the death penalty," Wagstaff said. "I didn't respond to him."


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  • greg69innc Jul 19, 2012

    Give them both the chair...they look guilty and their wardrobe even leads me to believe their guilty.

  • Working4aLiving Jul 18, 2012

    Weird as it may sound, maybe he was trying to protect the younger half bother..........guess his reasons will come out soon enough.

  • jedhead2004 Jul 18, 2012

    I know Joshua he is a good kid church every sunday,only thing he's guilty of is being at the wrong place at the wrong time,some lesson carry a lite sentence and some carry a harsh one,keep your head up josh god is still in control no matter how dark it seems,believe in him,justice will previal!!!!!!

  • Obamanation Jul 17, 2012

    Calm down muggs.....I'm just looking for answers here. It's possible the dad was abusive.

  • muggs Jul 17, 2012

    "The dad looked kind of mean" What in the world is wrong with you,go outside,walk the streets,half the people in this country look"kind of mean",do we just shoot all of them,

  • Bartmeister Jul 17, 2012

    "He asked me if North Carolina had the death penalty," Wagstaff said.


    Gonna have to tell him the truth.

  • SmokeWagon Jul 17, 2012

    ..."The dad looked kind of mean in some of the pics I saw. Just saying. Obamanation..."

    ...done much "profiling" there have you...?????

  • sarahanne2 Jul 17, 2012

    My main thought is how sad it is that everyone loses in this---the loved ones of the two who are gone and the boys whose lives are essentially over for the next thirty years. Plus, it is so sad for the mothers of these two boys---The more programs we have in place to work with teenagers the better. There will still be murders and crimes committed by teens but maybe they can be reduced if the right programs can be realized and implemented over time.

  • dwallace9392 Jul 17, 2012

    What's wrong with these people?

  • Scubagirl Jul 17, 2012

    probably going to be a few more details coming out later....this is just too strange; extremely sad goes without saying.