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Man Pleads No Contest to Double Murder

Posted March 22, 2007

— A Rocky Mount man will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading no contest to killing a Wilson couple in December.

Steve Allen Ward, 37, of 400 Courtland Drive, pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Danny Richardson, 30, and Lathosa West, 23.

The couple was shot to death on Dec. 13, but their bodies weren't found for several days until a relative stopped by Richardson's Wilson home.

Richardson had invited Ward, an old friend, to move in the day before the slayings, and a subsequent argument led to the shootings, authorities said.

Investigators said a 14-year grudge between the two men might have led to the slayings.

Ward spent seven years in prison for burning down a day-care center at Northern Nash High School in 1992. Richardson was an accomplice in the crime, but he was sentenced to five years in juvenile detention because he was a month short of his 16th birthday at the time.

The pair was also charged with assault in a shooting that took place the same night as the arson.


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  • blkf4whitemale Apr 18, 2007

    as for the comment plcj made u didnt know danny i did...after the mistake he made in the past he changed his life around that no good steve is the one who is the blame in this...got jealous of what danny had and killed him...and danny wouldve never turned a gun on tasha he loved her to much. they shouldve given him the DEATH PENALTY his kind deserve that...i wish danny was here and not him.

  • blkf4whitemale Apr 18, 2007

    im glad that pice of crap got life he shouldve got the death penalty

  • North Carolina Native Mar 24, 2007

    good riddance

  • plcj Mar 23, 2007

    "burning down a day-care center at a high school and both of the scum bags were turned back out into society? The sad part here is that the girl was shot and killed by him instead of the other way around.

  • rocketdaddio Mar 22, 2007

    bring back a good old fashion public execution come one and all bring lunch what would you do to a rabbid animal if it bit youre kid ?

  • seeingthru Mar 22, 2007

    why no death penalty?

  • BLA BLA BLA Mar 22, 2007

    painexpress: "Another fine time to use our eastern NC "FIREANT" colonies. They will make him repent!"

    That just might actually work, then he's wish for the executioner.

  • painexpress Mar 22, 2007

    Another fine time to use our eastern NC "FIREANT" colonies. They will make him repent!

  • kbaysdon Mar 22, 2007

    I agree with maltonr2. The criminals has it made in prison. They should be made to work hard with no previledges.

  • BottomLine Mar 22, 2007

    Good riddens scum ...too bad we have to pay for this sorry soul.