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Seventh person charged in Farmville triple homicide

Posted September 25, 2012 5:49 p.m. EDT

— Authorities arrested a seventh person Tuesday in connection with a triple homicide at a Farmville convenience store.

A Pitt County grand jury on Monday indicted Ashley Dorthell Johnson, 23, of La Grange, on three counts of being an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder.

Antwan Andre Anthony, 29, of Bethel, Xavier Montel Shamble, 20, Farmville, Willie Odell Whitehead Jr., 24, of Pinetops, and Raekwon Terrell Blount, 15, of Snow Hill, were charged with three counts of first-degree murder and other charges after three employees of the Hustle Mart were shot and killed during an April 1 robbery.

Mokbel Mohamed "Sam" Almujanhi, 16, was the son of the store owner, and the other two victims, Nabil Nasser Saeed Al'mogannahi, 26, and Gaber Alawi, 24, were also relatives.

Investigators said Johnson, an East Carolina University student, is a friend of Whitehead.

Zipporah Rochell Purvis, 24, of Farmville, faces three counts of being an accessory after the fact. Valerie Denise Blount, 30, of Snow Hill, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.