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Fourth man charged in Enfield quadruple homicide

Posted April 23, 2018 3:19 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 2:08 p.m. EDT

Dontayvious Devonte "Moochie" Cotton

— A fourth man was charged Monday in the August deaths of four people in an Enfield home, authorities said.

Dontayvious Devonte "Moochie" Cotton, 24, of Weldon, was indicted by a grand jury on four counts of murder and one count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and burglary. He was already in the Halifax County jail on unrelated charges, and he was ordered to be held without bond on the murder charges.

Authorities didn't disclose what evidence linked Cotton to the crimes.

Janice Harris, James Harris, Peggy Whitley and James Whitley were shot on Aug. 21 while sitting at the Harrises' kitchen table playing cards, authorities said.

James and Peggy Jo Whitley

Janice and James Harris

Authorities said a family member went to check on the residents of the home at 980 Fishing Creek Road, in the Glenview community west of Enfield, and found the bodies. Some items were missing from the home, but there were no apparent signs of a struggle, authorities said at the time.

Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp said last fall that the home might have been targeted and the killings might have been gang-related.

Jim Harris, 88, was a gunsmith and had a federally licensed firearm business that he ran out of his home.

James Whitley, 76, was a farmer and his 67-year-old wife a former hairstylist. Janice Harris, 72, was an administrative assistant for a local builder.

Matthew Lewis Simms, 25, of Enfield, was arrested in October, and Keyon Quarice West, 23, and James Edward Powell, 25, both of Roanoke Rapids, were arrested in January.

Matthew Simms, Enfield quadruple homicide

Keyon West, James Powell, Enfield quadruple homicide