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Two charged in Sampson homicide

Posted January 6, 2012

Terrill Dewight Wells and Jennifer Lynn Norris
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— Two people have been charged in connection with the death of a Sampson County man, authorities said Friday.

Deputies responded to 347 Bill Town Road at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday after a 911 caller reported a home invasion. They found the body of Gary Lee West Jr. in the yard, authorities said.

No cause of death was released, but authorities said West had "obvious signs of trauma to the upper body region."

The 911 caller provided a description of a vehicle leaving the area, and another deputy was able to locate a similar vehicle and detain the two people inside, authorities said.

Terrill Dewight Wells was charged with murder, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of cocaine and possession of heroin. He was being held without bond Friday in the Sampson County jail.

Jennifer Lynn Norris was charged with accessory after the fact of murder and possession of heroin. She was being held under a $775,000 bond.

The case remains under investigation.

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  • teddyp6 Jan 9, 2012

    The victim was a classmate of mine, this is so senseless. Nobody deserves their life being taken like that.Prayers to his family.

  • MzBoogie Jan 6, 2012

    "911 caller reported a home invasion. They found the body of Gary Lee West Jr. in the yard, authorities said. Terrill Dewight Wells was charged with murder, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of cocaine and possession of heroin"

    Soooooo, from this we can conclude they broke in, robbed and beat the man and then took him outside to the yard? What happaned to B&E if this was a "home invasion"

    "Fools on drugs will never amount to anything good. This man lost his life due to their addiction" not my real name

    Sooo,when does drug possession mean you're taking them or have an addiction to them? Just some random thoughts!!!!!!

  • brwneyez70 Jan 6, 2012

    This one here has OFICIALLY HIT HOME! The victim was a close friend & he wasn't the type to hurt nobody & EVERYBODY knew it! The individuals that did it deserve to suffer the same as he did! WRAL, Y don't u have a pic of the WHITE FEMALE that was with him being charged pic up? WECT does. Don't make it look like it was just a BLACK ON BLACK crime as u always do. My remarks are not for none of the listeners, jus WRAL! 1630/1/6

  • ElvisPresleyJr Jan 6, 2012

    Let's be honest. Anybody surprised here?..anybody? I didn't think so.

  • not my real name Jan 6, 2012

    Fools on drugs will never amount to anything good. This man lost his life due to their addiction. What a shame that they didn't have any more respect for human life than that. It's sad what society has come to these days :(

    Hope they are enjoying the withdrawls while they're locked up.

    ^5 to the person not afraid to call 911!!!!!!

  • nonemeant Jan 6, 2012

    Thank God for the observant bystander!!!

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 6, 2012

    These animals are looking at some serious jail time, we can only hope.