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Man denied bond in pizza store owner's shooting death

Posted May 23, 2011

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— A Raleigh man accused of shooting and killing a pizza store owner was denied bond Monday during his first court appearance on a first-degree murder charge.

William Damieon Edwards, 43, of 7308 Great Laurel Drive, was arrested Friday in the May 19 shooting death of Jay Waheed Ammeri, at the NY Style Pizza restaurant at 7440 Louisburg Road.

Emotion from both the victim and suspects’ family poured outside the courtroom.

Ammeri’s neice, Sunia Faizy, said her uncle was shot in the heart while his 6-month-old child was in the room.

Raleigh police have said that the two men knew each other but have not elaborated further on their relationship or a motive for the shooting.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cruden opposed a request for bond, saying Edwards has a prior violent felony record.

In August 2005, he was charged with four counts of attempted murder after he fired an assault rifle into a car full of teenagers, injuring a 14-year-old girl. Police said the shooting came after a shouting match over a football game.

Edwards was charged and acquitted of first-degree murder in a 1989 shooting in Greensboro. Charges were dismissed in a 1990 case in which he was arrested for shooting a gun into occupied property.

William Edwards Emotions pour after murder suspect's hearing

Several of Edwards’ neighbors said Monday that they are shocked by the latest charge and didn’t know about his past.

They described him as a neighbor and family man who is quick to help others.

Edwards’ sister, Norma Reeves, said the incidents on Edwards’ record were situations where he was defending his family or himself.

“My brother is not a murderer like he is being portrayed,” Reeves said. “He is a good person, and people need to understand that there had to be more than this, so somebody please tell the whole sorry.”

“I am sorry, to the victim’s family,” she added. “My heart breaks for them. I pray for them. I pray for peace and comfort.”

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  • zile1porkey May 24, 2011

    I will be glad when someone tells the complete story what really happened. Something is very wrong here. Yes he did what he did and served his time that is what is wrong with our society we hold on, but a blind man can see something is missisng here. Why did he shot him. If he raped his child would we be saying he should have killed him. Yes we would.

  • westernwake1 May 23, 2011

    Lock him up and throw away the key.

  • fromageball May 23, 2011

    "I understand due process of law, but I don't believe anyone indicted for murder, rape or abuse on a child should get any bond whatsoever, because prosecutors, in general, make sure to have ample evidence before presenting the case to the Grand Jury for a decision to indict or not to indict."

    In this case there are eyewitnesses who saw everything go down. In the Brad Cooper case, he was indicted based on what detectives thought he did. There was no evidence and they had barely even started investigating the crime when he was indicted. I used to have that little bit of faith like you, but it's been shot.

  • roberttt42 May 23, 2011

    This is his THIRD offense involving shooting a gun. NO BOND - great - undeserving anyway. Prove him guilty - lock him up and throw away the key.

  • Realamerican71 May 23, 2011

    I can only comment on the person Jay was. He was a friend first and foremost. He would help you with anything. If he counted you as a friend, the guy would literally give you the shirt off of his back. That's what he would do for a friend. Can you imagine what he would do for his family? Family was everything to him. He worked so hard for everything he had and was very proud. Jay would not stop until he knew his family was taken care of. RIP Bud, I'll miss you.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 23, 2011

    Finally - Thank you!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 23, 2011

    What I've been trying to post, but someone in moderator shoes at WRAL keeps deleting it is -

    I understand due process of law, but I don't believe anyone indicted for murder, rape or abuse on a child should get any bond whatsoever, because prosecutors, in general, make sure to have ample evidence before presenting the case to the Grand Jury for a decision to indict or not to indict.

    (Now moderators, what's wrong with that?)

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 23, 2011

    MODERATORS: Why are my comments to this story being deleted instead of being posted???

    They violate absolutely no terms of service. So why are they not being posted?

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 23, 2011

    cantbtaught - "How many more times will an evil man like this be pushed back into society??? He has a repeat pattern of acting like a child and not being in control of his temper. Protecting him self or his family??????? ARE YOU SERIOUS????? This man child needs some hard time to control his little boy tantrums!!"

    AMEN!!!

    Way too many men and women children now walking among us because they were never taught discipline when they were REAL children.

    People aren't petunias; they can't learn via osmosis - they have to be taught and that has to start with taking responsibility for their actions very early in life.

  • Southern Girl May 23, 2011

    Good.

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