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Pair plead guilty in Wendell woman's death

Posted July 30, 2008

— Two men pleaded guilty on Wednesday to their roles in the slaying of a Wendell woman early last year.

Roderick Ryan Howell, of Knightdale, and Jamie Russell Holder, of Garner, pleaded guilty to being accessories after the fact of murder in the Feb. 12, 2007, death of Nneka Wilson. She was found stabbed to death inside her home, and a threatening message was written on the kitchen floor in her blood.

Wilson's husband, Jakiem Wilson, was convicted three weeks ago of first-degree murder in her death and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Howell and Holder testified during Jakiem Wilson's trial that he told them he planned to kill his wife because she nagged him too much and that he sat and waited with a knife behind his back as she showered.

They said he threatened them if they did not help him clean up after the crime.

Howell was sentenced to 18 to 31 months in prison, which was suspended to two years on probation. Holder was sentenced to 17 to 30 months in prison.


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  • The Fox Jul 30, 2008

    You've been given the break of a life time Rod. Don't screw it up.

  • bs101fly Jul 30, 2008

    death penalty, use it.

    P E R I O D!!!!

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jul 30, 2008

    "They should have gotten more time to think about what they had done."

    Like about 20 years.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jul 30, 2008

    "I am glad they did the right thing."

    Right thing?!

  • mr2mrsmac Jul 30, 2008

    The pair helped clean up a murder scene. They should have gotten more time to think about what they had done.

  • teacher-mom Jul 30, 2008

    I am glad they did the right thing.

  • Mrs Fabulous 1 Jul 30, 2008


    Whole Howell family used to go to my church as well. As a matter of fact, his grandmother still does. They are fine young people, but got caught up with the wrong crowds as I stated before. Chocolate aka Roderick is not a bad kid. He was easily influenced and I hope he will completely turn his life around from this experience.

  • Mrs Fabulous 1 Jul 30, 2008

    I know Roderick "Chocolate" Howell. He was raised in a 2 parent home and in a home that was not perfect, but he was raised right. He got tangled up with the wrong people and this was the outcome. I'm glad he'll be home so I can see him and encourage him to stay away from this gang mess and do what your parents taught you. Get your education and be successful. I'm glad the guy who killed his wife got life!!!!

  • fireman1963 Jul 30, 2008

    It was not the same crime. If you have been following this story instead of having soem sort of knee-jerk reaction. Roderick Howell did not write onthe wall in the womans blood and the other kid did. That may have been the difference.

    And both of them had no prior record, and were minors when this took place.

    That said, I still believe that there was something more to this story that has not been told. I knew Roderick and his brothers to be fine young men when they rode my church bus several years ago. I hope he can get back there.

  • ljcs357 Jul 30, 2008

    I m "Tired of Conservatives"

    Most of us are.