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Greenville man wanted in robbery, slaying

Posted September 6, 2011 8:52 a.m. EDT

— A 22-year-old man was wanted Tuesday on charges that he robbed and killed a 60-year-old Greenville man in August.

Investigators believe that Willie James Langley Jr. shot and killed William Hardy Cooper, who was found dead in his vehicle in a driveway outside Langley's apartment at 1491 Fleming St. on Aug. 24.

Langley was wanted on charges of murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Anyone with information on Langley's whereabouts or about the crime was asked to call Greenville police at 252-329-3937 or Pitt/Greenville Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777. Tips can also be sent by texting PITTGV to 274637. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that solve crimes.

Langley was released from jail on July 26 after serving nearly eight months for a probation violation, according to state Department of Correction records. He's also served four- and six-month sentences for earlier probation violations.

He has convictions for felony breaking and entering, larceny over $1,000 and three counts of felony drug possession.