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Pair charged with killing Goldsboro man

Posted April 1, 2011 11:44 p.m. EDT
Updated April 2, 2011 8:44 a.m. EDT

— A man and woman face murder charges in the death of a Goldsboro man shot in his home in early March.

Edward Lee Brewington, 48, called 911 March 5 and said that someone had come into his home, at 134 Mill Dam Lane, and attacked and shot him, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. He was taken to the hospital, where he died two days later.

On Wednesday, Wayne County investigators, with the help of law enforcement officers in Philadelphia and the FBI, arrested Natasha Monet Bonaparte, 22, in Philadelphia and charged her with murder. She will be extradited to North Carolina.

Bonaparte, of 1100 N. Jefferson Street, Apt. 9 in Goldsboro, had left town shortly after the attack on Brewington, authorities said. 

On Friday, deputies arrested Virgil Devon Cox, 34, of 402 Dove Place, during a traffic stop in Wayne County. He is charged with murder, first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon, and he was being held without bond.

Sheriff Carey Winders thanked his detectives and the other law enforcement agencies for their cooperation in the investigation. He did not indicate a motive for the crime or say whether the suspects knew Brewington.

Cox served nearly two years in prison for a 2006 attempted burglary conviction and has previous felony drug convictions, according to state Department of Correction records. Bonaparte has a previous misdemeanor conviction for drug possession.