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Triple murder suspect charged in plot to kill sheriff and family

Published On: Oct 16 2012 03:55:45 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 17 2012 12:44:31 AM CDT
GREENVILLE -

One of the murder suspects in the Hustle Mart triple shooting was accused of plotting to murder the Pitt County sheriff.

Willie Odell Whitehead, Jr., 24, was charged with two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder and two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree kidnapping. An investigation determined that Whitehead was plotting to kidnap and kill Sheriff Neil Elks, his wife, Connie, and a child of one of the prosecuting assistance district attorneys, said Christy Wallace, PIO of the Pitt County Sheriff's Office. The alleged motive was to get out of jail.

Whitehead allegedly revealed his plans to other inmates and people he had contact with outside of jail, Wallace said. One of the individuals then revealed the alleged murder plot to investigators.

Whitehead ,of Pinetops, was previously charged with three counts of first-degree murder, for the shooting deaths of three store clerks at the Hustle Mart in Farmville.

According to investigators, Whitehead and three other suspects, 29-year-old Antwan Andre Anthony, of Bethel, 20-year-old Xavier Shamble ,of Farmville and 15-year-old Raekwon Terrell Blount, of Snow Hill, robbed and shot the three store workers on April 1.

The victims were 16-year-old Mokbel "Sam" Mohamed Almujanahi, 24-year-old Gaber Alawi and 26-year-old Nabil Nasser Saeed Al'mogannahi.

Along with Whitehead, Anthony, Shamble and Blount were each charged with three counts of first-degree murder for the shooting.

Whitehead was being held in jail on a $5 million bond. At last check, Anthony and Shamble were being held without bond at the Pitt County Detention Center. The juvenile suspect, Blount, was held under a $3 million bond at another facility.

On Oct. 8, deputies arrested 28-year-old Timmy Odell House, of Latham Street in Greenville.

House allegedly helped the suspects in the triple murder by destroying clothes worn during the crime, investigators said. House is the brother of Whitehead.

House was charged with three counts of accessories after the fact to felony first-degree murder. He was in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $3 million secured bond. He could face a minimum of 121 years in prison if convicted, according to Judge Joseph Blick.

Last month, 23-year-old Ashley Dorthell Johnson, of Grey Point Drive in La Grange, turned herself in to authorities. Johnson was indicted on three counts of accessory after the fact. Investigators did not explain how Johnson was allegedly involved in the triple murder.

Johnson was the girlfriend of Whitehead, investigators said. Johnson was also a student at East Carolina University.

Another person, Zipporah Rochell Purvis, of Farmville, was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact. Purvis allegedly helped the murder suspects escape from authorities, deputies said.

The mother of the juvenile murder suspect, 30-year-old Valerie Denis Blount, of Snow Hill, was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. She was released on bond.