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Deputies: Man Killed While Protecting Pregnant Teen

Posted November 18, 2007

— Halifax County deputies arrested four men who they say beat to death a man who was attempting to protect a pregnant teenager.

Garry Shearin, 39, intervened in a fight at a party off Mills Road in Hollister during the night of Saturday, Nov. 10. Deputies said several people were assaulting a pregnant 15-year-old and her boyfriend.

The crowd then turned on Shearin, injuring him severely, officials said. He was taken to WakeMed, where he later died.

The girl and her boyfriend also suffered injuries, but have been treated and released from the hospital.

The Halifax County Sheriff's Office has charged four men with first-degree murder: Roderick Mills; Steven Richardson; Jade Shearin, who is unrelated to Garry Shearin; and Robert Williams.

Antonio Coley was also charged with assault on a female and assault inflicting serious injury.

Deputies said they might make more arrests in the case.

Shearin was a registered sex offender in North Carolina, but deputies said that was not a factor in this fight.


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  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Nov 19, 2007

    "Lets' not be too quick to judge this man because he's a registered sex offender. Guys who sleep with consenting 16 or 17 year olds are also considered sex offenders."

    Obviously you don't know the law as the age of consent is 16. Second, I already posted that he has two convictions of second degree rape. That's not sleeping with someone young, that's forcibly raping someone. I refuse to call someone like this a

  • otsaponi Nov 19, 2007

    I cant believe people are calling this guy a hero and dont know the whole story. I got some land for sale if anybody interested.

  • Run_Forrest_Run Nov 19, 2007

    Just checked out his rap sheet on line. He had a rap sheet longer than my arm. I'm gonna need more information on this. If he hadn't died; it would have been just another brawl at a party. I hate that he died and I'm glad he was protecting the girl - but if you're looking for innocent down to earth folks at that gathering - I don't think you would find them. I guarantee the folks at that party were constantly in trouble with the law.

  • Run_Forrest_Run Nov 19, 2007

    Lots of wrongs here. 15 yo and pregnant and of course not married. Those 4 guys were probably of the 'gang' or 'tribal' mentality and saw a girl who obviously had 'given it away' at some point and time and were picking on her - because they wanted some given their way. (I know - wild assumptions). If she was pregnant (having sex at 14) - then she most likely was more worldly than most 15 yo's and being at a party late was probably the least of her worries. The guy who saved her was a sex offender, but appears he has some redeeming qualities or else he had ulterior motives to help this young girl. I'm gonna assume he did it because of a big heart, because I don't want to be totally jaded. Too much hatred in this world. Also - too much 'sorriness' in this world too.

    Hoping the young girl and her boyfriend will be ok. Hoping the thugs get what is due them also. Hope the good guy (in this) has redeemed himself and is in a better place.

  • Adelinthe Nov 19, 2007

    The fact that he was a registered sex offender had nothing to do with this story, and I'm sad to see that even in the article.

    The fact is he attempted a truly valiant act and was killed in the process by a bunch of mindless thugs.

    I pray for God to comfort those who loved him and for justice to be served.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • FairPlay Nov 19, 2007

    My prayers for this guy, registered sex offender maybe, but did the right thing by the law and tried to protect a young pregnant woman. We need more men like this! God Bless

  • ptahandatum Nov 19, 2007

    Zeus will surely take this man into his keeping forever.

  • Trixie Nov 19, 2007

    Lets' not be too quick to judge this man because he's a registered sex offender. Guys who sleep with consenting 16 or 17 year olds are also considered sex offenders.

  • otsaponi Nov 19, 2007

    "Just really pray for all involved. Everytime I turn around black boys are finding all kinds of reasons to go to prison."

    data clerk...theyre not black...theyre native american. 1 is half black however.

  • roe Nov 19, 2007

    I am appauled that a news report would see fit to include the past about something that has nothing to do with the situation at hand. I see how people can continue to kick those that have been paying for a crime long after their debt has been paid for.
    Also for the person who commented on the 15 yr being at the party. Please stop trying to act so in shock kids have been going to parties at that age long before now. The shock should be the fact someone was willing to do harm to a pregnant woman.