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Suspect in fatal hit-and-run caught

Posted August 30, 2011

— Rocky Mount police arrested a suspect Saturday in a hit-and-run that killed a 55-year-old man.

Madison Earl Holwett, 26, of Battleboro faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and felony hit-and-run in the Aug. 21 death of Edward Arrington Whitaker Jr.

Whitaker was found dead near a Kangaroo Express gas station on N.C. Highway 48 in the Goldrock section of Rocky Mount, police said. He had severe head trauma and internal injuries, and an autopsy determined that he died after being hit by a car.

Police haven't said how they linked Howlett to Whitaker's death.

Howlett was placed in the Nash County jail under a $35,000 bond.

He was released from jail June 6 after serving 10 months for trying to sell drugs, a fraud conviction and a probation violation, according to state Department of Correction records. He also has convictions for driving while impaired, breaking and entering, felony larceny and drug possession.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 31, 2011

    @Wendellcatlover, it’s not the judges. There are rules dictating bail and sentencing limits. Then...there’s the parole board that has to consider prison over-crowding.

    If you really want to keep REAL criminals behind bars longer, then legalize non-violent drug offenses.

    Stop jailing people carrying around a plant leaf and make room for REAL bad guys like this.

  • ICTrue Aug 30, 2011

    "What will it take for judges to put drunken drivers behind bars and off the roads"

    It doesn't say anywhere in the article that he was driving drunk when he hit the person.

    I used to be all for enforcing drunk driving laws too, before MADD was hijacked by the pohibitionist movement and watered down the standards so that they don't mean anything any more.

  • sunshine1040 Aug 30, 2011

    What will it take for judges to put drunken drivers behind bars and off the roads. Maybe publish the name of the judge so we will know who not to reelect?

  • Scubagirl Aug 30, 2011

    All that and his bond was a measley $35K. Seems a bit low under the circumstances

  • mpearce53 Aug 30, 2011

    Rocky Mount use to be a great place to grow up in. i do not even recognize it any more. Such a shame

  • 1 awesome Dad Aug 30, 2011

    Obviously the police are not going to tell us how they know they got their man however with drugs and other illegal activities in his past please how is this young man going to turn his life around. This is all too often a tragedy that never should happen.

  • Wendellcatlover Aug 30, 2011

    In each of these cases, where probation is given to an offender who has committed many crimes before-I wonder if there is a way to find out who the judge was on each of those cases? It seems to me that if they feared for their jobs, the judges might just make some decisions that, obviously the majority of us think should be made: ex. prison rather than parole for repeat offenders...Anybody know if there is a way to get this information? Surely this should be considered public information...after all, jury addresses and phone numbers are released at public request aren't they?

  • ICTrue Aug 30, 2011

    "Remember all these cases when election time comes. I know I'm tired of judges and lawyers putting criminals on the streets. This is America, it's up to Americans to make change happen!!!"

    It already started in the last election but we still have a long way to get back to sanity. Hopefully people are paying attention.

  • burnhace Aug 30, 2011

    From the tone of your responses, it seems that The People of North Carolina, the pitchfork and torchlight set, would like to revoke the principle of "innocent until proven guilty in a court of law". It is not going to happen; so, calm down.

  • lisa4 Aug 30, 2011

    A man is dead & he is under a $35,000 bond????????????????????? Can't they make that bond higher????