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Rocky Mount man charged in double homicide

Posted March 25, 2010

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— A Rocky Mount man was arrested Thursday evening and charged with killing two men in an apartment, police said.

Officers responding to reports of shots fired found the bodies of Derrie Stephen Smith, 17, of Buff Road, and Quinton Maurice Hinton, 25, of Winston Walk, in an apartment at 1845 Boone St. shortly before 1 a.m., police said. Both had been shot.

Investigators developed evidence to charge Marquette Levon Joyner, 25, with two counts of first-degree murder. He was being held without bond.

Police said a robbery related to drug activity might have been the motive for the shootings.

Hinton had a criminal record dating to 2006, including convictions for larceny and carrying a concealed weapon, according to state Department of Correction records. He was scheduled to go on trial in Nash County in May on charges of breaking and entering, second-degree kidnapping and communicating threats.

Smith had been shot once before. Last April, police said, he was critically injured when he was shot in the abdomen from close range.

Kiona Williams, 18, who lives a block from Thursday's shootings, said she wasn't surprised to hear police believe the shooting might be drug-related.

"There's just a lot of crime around here," Williams said, adding that she fears for the safety of her brothers, ages 14 and 10.

"(With) all the violence and negativity, there's nothing positive around here. It's not a place I want my brothers to grow up," she said. "It's a possibility we can escape it. I think (our mother) is looking for somewhere to stay right now. So, you know, it's sad. It's really sad."

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  • auroraleigh85 Mar 26, 2010

    As my best friend told me, "It's not difficult to come to the top of Rocky Mount because everbody else is fighting so hard to be at the bottom."

  • 4DukeTillDeath Mar 26, 2010

    I have no sympathy for people like this. After being shot and in critical condition last year, you would have thought ol' Derrie would have learned a lesson. Now he's not coming back this time. Its not worth it folks. I just don't understand the mind state of people who choose to live like this. And yes....they DID CHOOSE.

  • Sidekick Mar 26, 2010

    Is that 3 murder victims in one week? An all time low.

  • EKS has gone rogue Mar 26, 2010

    I wouldn't be so happy about the arrest. I find it funny how the guy arrested looks nothing like the description they released earlier and there was another murder in Rocky Mount last night.

  • whatusay Mar 26, 2010

    Rocky Mount, the city on the rise, in crime that is. People should be really proud of what they are doing to a once prosperous city.

  • Retired07 Mar 25, 2010

    Same crowd different day! Tell it's not so---Rocky Mount??

  • Just the facts mam Mar 25, 2010

    Three less criminals running the streets

  • lovethecrazycomment Mar 25, 2010

    Good Job on a quick arrest!

  • sprcop Mar 25, 2010

    now this is a shock........

  • invisible69mailx2 Mar 25, 2010

    beachbum............come to morehead city/atlantic beach. times are good down here!!!!

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