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Police: Drinking, horseplay lead to Selma man's death

Posted August 7, 2011

— A Selma man is facing charges Sunday after police say a night of drinking and horseplay led to an acquaintance's death.

Around 11 p.m. Saturday, Johnston County deputies were dispatched to a mobile home, at 101 Johnson Farm Lane, where they found Billy James Mitchell, 37, of Ball Park Road, deceased inside. 

The owner of the mobile home, Joe Glenwood Faison, 52, told investigators that he and Mitchell had been playing around when the man suddenly stopped breathing. 

Faison is charged with voluntary manslaughter and possession of cocaine, authorities said. He was taken to the Johnston County jail and placed under a $300,000 bond. He has previous convictions for drug possession and driving while impaired, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • LoveBeingAMommy Aug 8, 2011

    Why is it voluntary if they were playing around, so because they got high and drunk together means that he killed him on purpose.... The math dnt add up they need the lesser involuntary charge to most likely get a conviction.

  • abylelab -BT- Aug 8, 2011

    i'm confused, why is he charged with manslaughter?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 8, 2011

    Mother was right. "Stop all that horseplay before someone gets hurt!"

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Aug 8, 2011

    When you pit drinking, cocaine, and stupid against each other, stupid will win every time.