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Victim's brother charged in fatal motel shooting

Posted September 10, 2008

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— Police on Tuesday arrested a man in a Sept. 2 slaying at a local motel.

Antonio Wardell Matthews, 31, was charged with murder in the shooting death of Devin Scriven, 22, whose body was found in a room at Hal Orr’s Inn, 2420 N. Wesleyan Blvd. Matthews was being held without bond Wednesday at the Nash County Jail.

Matthews, who lived at the motel, was Scriven's older brother. Police said they haven't yet established a motive for the shooting.

Scriven also was shot while visiting his mother’s home on Dec. 21, police said.

Anyone with information about the slaying is asked to call Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or Capt. Martin McCoy of the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1485.

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  • teacher-mom Sep 10, 2008

    This is a shame. I thought families were supposed to love each other. What a mess. I might get upset with my brothers, but I certainly would never think of killing either one of them. The worst thing I would day is call them idiots. Did they implicate him in his mother's death? I am glad he is not related to me.

  • daisy Sep 10, 2008

    Wow that is sad. So much violence surrounds that family.

  • luvdolphin2 Sep 10, 2008

    unfortunately his mother and her roommate were killed in a double homicide at her home Dec 21, 2007.

  • strayer12 Sep 10, 2008

    Seeminglingopposed, Scriven's mother was killed last year. Still, it is a sad story but I'm glad they found who was responsible.

  • Seeminglyopposed Sep 10, 2008

    What happened to the phase "I am my brothers' keeper". Too bad he rephrased it to be "I am my brothers' killer". Shameful and sad, what is this mother going through. There is not that much sibling rivalry in the world for this behavior.