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Suspects in Smithfield shootings face judge

Posted September 7, 2012

— The three men accused of shooting a Smithfield woman and her son inside their home made their first appearance before a judge Friday morning.

Cornel Breon Harper, Mister Premier Height, and Sameer Ibn Muhammod Edgar were arrested Thursday afternoon in the Wednesday evening attack on Jalissa Wallace and Jeremiah Wallace, 8.

The trio, facing a total of 78 charges, were appointed public defenders and ordered to remain in the Johnston County jail under a $2 million bond each. Probable cause hearings were also set for Sept. 20.

Harper, 35, of 509 Lincoln St., Kinston, and Edgar, 26, of Detroit, each face two counts of attempted first-degree murder, six counts of inflicting serious injury with a deadly weapon and 18 counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Height, 22, of 1402 E. Shine St., Kinston, faces 24 counts of accessory after the fact of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and two counts of accessory after the fact of attempted murder.

Arrest warrants indicate Height drove Edgar and Harper to Wallace's apartment on Towbridge Drive, where Jalissa Wallace was shot in the neck and Jeremiah was shot five times.

Mister Height Suspects in Smithfield shootings face judge

According to 911 calls released Thursday afternoon, Jalissa Wallace's sister reported someone breaking into the house around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

A neighbor also reported to authorities that she saw two men leaving the house in separate cars after hearing gunshots.

Smithfield police have not commented on a motive but have said it was neither random nor domestic in nature.

Jalissa Wallace and her son were both in serious condition at a local hospital Friday morning, according to authorities.

Jeremiah Wallace is a second-grader at South Smithfield Elementary School, where students are rallying around him, creating care packages, cards and pictures for him.

His principal, Carla Taylor, released a statement through Johnston County Schools Friday morning, calling him "a compassionate child, who is kind to others and loves to be the class helper."

"He is a beloved student and member of our school family," she said.


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  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 7, 2012

    Send them to prison for 50 years judge. At least they will be old when they do get out. Hey they will not be on the streets and people will be a little safer. Don't put them in the same prison. That would be a mistake.

  • paulawindley Sep 7, 2012

    "Not domestic in nature and it did not seem like a burglary. Was this a hit?"
    It sounds to me like drug/prostitution type deal...

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 7, 2012

    And it is going to get worse as Obama takes from the rich to give to the poor

    Lets not drag OUR president in their crime. He is not that kind of person. Give him credit for the good that he is trying to do.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 7, 2012

    I pray the judge/courts give these 3 the highest that he can give them and put them in prison for a while. This mother and her son could have been killed in their own home. It too much of this and again loaded guns in the wrong hands.

  • lumberman Sep 7, 2012

    Here are 3 more that do not care about anybody or anything. No gun law or law of any kind for that matter would mean anything to them. Doing what they want is all that matters. No more thought to what might happen to some one else. Just me me me! And it is going to get worse as Obama takes from the rich to give to the poor. These 3 and more like them we think it is okay to take and do as they please.

  • jgilchr Sep 7, 2012

    Funny how conservatives cherish the US Constitution until it becomes inconvenient for them. Whether you like it or not these suspects are citizens, and they are afforded the same legal rights as you or I. Some of these comments suggest some here wouldn't mind living under a Taliban-like system. Perhaps based in radical Christianity instead.

  • jzdukefan Sep 7, 2012

    These 3 men need to be tied down in the street while the citizens come with their weapons and guns. Who could harm an innocent 8 year old child? Who?

    Prayer request for this little boy, his mother and their family.

    These 3 men need even more prayer. I dont know what came over them or what they were thinking to make them want to shoot a child.

    We as a society need to push for harsher punishments for crimes like this. This is absurd.

  • Scubagirl Sep 7, 2012

    guess Chicago got too deadly for one of them so he had to come down here.......

    I'd prefer they ALL spent the rest of their lives in Sheriff Joe's prison, or something very like it.

  • Scubagirl Sep 7, 2012

    SOME folks on here really need to understand that some comments are sarcastic and not meant as they read.....one would think that would be obvious but......

  • Bartmeister Sep 7, 2012

    Maybe just exercising their second amendment right to bear arms and a little target shooting?.

    Was this in Fayetteville?