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Suspect in Farmville triple homicide charged in plot to kill Pitt sheriff

Posted October 16, 2012

— One of the men charged with killing three people during an April robbery of a Farmville convenience store was charged Tuesday with plotting to kill Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks, his wife and a prosecutor's child, authorities said.

Willie Odell Whitehead Jr., 24, of Pinetops, was charged with two counts each of solicitation to commit first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree kidnapping. Bond on the four charges was set at $5 million, and he remains in the Pitt County jail.

Whitehead, Antwan Andre Anthony, 29, of Bethel, Xavier Montel Shamble, 20, Farmville, and Raekwon Terrell Blount, 15, of Snow Hill, were charged with three counts each of first-degree murder and other charges after three employees of the Hustle Mart were shot and killed during an April 1 robbery.

Mokbel Mohamed "Sam" Almujanhi, 16, was the son of the store owner, and the other two victims, Nabil Nasser Saeed Al'mogannahi, 26, and Gaber Alawi, 24, were also relatives.

Investigators determined that Whitehead was plotting to secure his release from jail by kidnapping Elks and his wife and a child of a Pitt County assistant district attorney and then killing them if needed. Whitehead apparently discussed the plot with other inmates and people he contacted outside the jail, and an informant helped investigators confirm the existence of the plot, they said.

Three other people have been charged in the Hustle Mart shootings. Ashley Dorthell Johnson, 23, of La Grange, and Zipporah Rochell Purvis, 24, of Farmville, face accessory charges, while Valerie Denise Blount, 30, of Snow Hill, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.


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  • calynn Oct 17, 2012

    Death penalty sounds good.

  • dont care Oct 16, 2012

    and they were marching today about releasing these fine outstanding citizens

  • greg69innc Oct 16, 2012

    Personally I am tired of reading about terrorist who plot and kill and wreck innocent lives all because of poor choices they made for themselves. This man needs to be shipped out to a deserted island and left to himself....the death penalty is too good for someone like this

  • Smedley Oct 16, 2012

    Let me guess....he was making these plans on the recorded jail phones.

  • working for deadbeats Oct 16, 2012

    This is the poster child for the death penalty. And some can't understand why others don't care about their so called plight.

  • paultaylorsr100 Oct 16, 2012

    You're exactly right Rabbitdog. These people are social terrorists.

  • paultaylorsr100 Oct 16, 2012

    And he deserves food, shelter, and clothing for the rest of his life?????

  • froggygirl Oct 16, 2012

    Guy's been watching too much television. He must have missed the part where the bad guys get caught.

  • ENC-43 Oct 16, 2012

    I wish ya'll would have left out the part about him being from Pinetops.

  • doggypoos Oct 16, 2012

    He won't be out for a long time.