Domestic Violence Homicides in North Carolina - 2017

January 1 -May 19, 2017 (27 Homicides)

1. Date: January 12, 2017
    Victim Name: Milton Ricardo Graham, 37
    Alleged Perpetrator: Latisha Toloria Johnson, 31
    Relationship: Girlfriend 
    Town: Charlotte     County: Mecklenburg
    Weapon: Knife

2. Date: January 22, 2017
    Victim Name: Angela Renee Winner, 37
    Alleged Perpetrator: Joseph Koonce, 42
    Relationship: Boyfriend 
    Town: Lumberton     County: Robeson
    Weapon: Firearm

3. Date: January 29, 2017
    Victim Name: Mary Littrell, 66
    Alleged Perpetrator: Wayne Littrell, 72
    Relationship: Husband 
    Town: Waynesville     County: Haywood 
    Weapon: Firearm

4. Date: January 30, 2017
    Victim Name: Christine Davis, 46 
    Alleged Perpetrator: Christopher Wilson, 44
    Relationship: Boyfriend 
    Town:Black Mountain     County: Buncombe 
    Weapon: Firearm

5. Date: February 7, 2017
    Victim Name: Taurus Ferguson, 36
    Alleged Perpetrator: Argentinus Quaye, 37
    Relationship: Girlfriend 
    Town: Winston-Salem     County: Forsyth 
    Weapon: Knife

Note: Mr. Ferguson had a history of DV against Ms. Quaye who was *not* charged as Ms. Quaye killed Mr. Ferguson in self-defense. This homicide is included because it is still the result of domestic violence, Mr. Ferguson’s domestic violence. 

6.  Date: February 12, 2017
     
Victim Name: Latasha Devora Durham, 38
     Alleged Perpetrator: Steve William Smith, 40
     Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
     Town: Ellerbe      County: Richmond 
     Weapon: Firearm     

7.  Date: February 12, 2017
     Victim Name: Gloria Jean Durham, 68
     Alleged Perpetrator: Steve William Smith, 40
     Relationship: None 
     Town: Ellerbe      County: Richmond 
     Weapon: Firearm 
     Note: Smith killed Gloria Durham, the mother of Smith's ex-girlfriend, Latasha Durham, in the process of killing Latasha Durham.

8.  Date: February 12, 2017
     Victim Name: Samuel Damon Durham, 42
     Alleged Perpetrator: Steve William Smith, 40
     Relationship: None
     Town: Ellerbe      County: Richmond 
     Weapon: Firearm 
     Note: Smith killed Samuel Durham, brother of Smith's ex-girlfriend, Latasha Durham, in the process of killing Latasha Durham. 

9.  Date: March 8, 2017   Murder-Suicide
     Victim Name: Connie Clark Merritt, 67
     Alleged Perpetrator: Wilbur Ray Merritt, 71
     Relationship: Husband
     Town: Red Springs 
     County: Robeson
     Weapon: Firearm

10. Date: March 7, 2017   
     Victim Name: Angela Smith Tramble, 45
     Alleged Perpetrator: Jeffrey Dwayne Hoppes, 49
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: Maiden
     County: Catawba
     Weapon: Firearm

11. Date: March 8, 2017   Murder-Suicide
     Victim Name: Elisa Meryl Slutzky, 47
     Alleged Perpetrator: Kenneth Dale Henson, 55
     Relationship: Ex-boyfriend
     Town: Huntersville
     County: Mecklenburg
     Weapon: Firearm

12. Date: March 12, 2017  Murder-Suicide
     Victim Name: Shanice Williams, 26
     Alleged Perpetrator: Marquis Lineberger, 27
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: Long View
     County: Catawba
     Weapon: Firearm 

13. Date: March 14, 2017
     Victim Name: Shantell Denise Williams, 42
     Alleged Perpetrator: Joseph Cornell Corbett III, 37
     Relationship: Ex-Boyfriend
     Town: Wilmington
     County: New Hanover
     Weapon: Firearm 

14. Date: March 17, 2017
     Victim Name: Yesenia Elena McMillon, 27
     Alleged Perpetrator: Corey Daniel Shirley, 30
     Relationship: Ex-boyfriend
     Town: Charlotte
     County: Mecklenburg
     Weapon: Knife

15. Date: March 17, 2017
     Victim Name: Deandre Terrell Olson, 25
     Alleged Perpetrator: Corey Daniel Shirley, 30
     Relationship: None
     Town: Charlotte
     County: Mecklenburg
     Weapon: Knife

Note: Mr. Olson was friends with Ms. Yesenia McMillon, Mr. Shirly’s Ex-Boyfriend and was present at the time of the attack. 

16. Date: March 18, 2017
     Victim Name: Charlene Sade Alvarez, 27
     Alleged Perpetrator: Sean Gibson, 28
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: High Point
     County: Guilford
     Weapon: Strangulation

17. Date: March 21, 2017
     Victim Name: Jennifer Foxx
     Alleged Perpetrator: Jeffrey Lynn McKinnon, Jr. 
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: Spring Lake
     County: Cumberland
     Weapon: Firearm

18. Date: March 25, 2017
     Victim Name: Genesis Freeman, newborn
     Alleged Perpetrator: Tillman Freeman III, 30
     Relationship: Father
     Town: Raeford
     County: Hoke County
     Weapon: Knife

Note: Mr. Freeman killed his two children as a result of intimate partner violence, after accusing his wife and mother of his children of cheating. 

19. Date: March 25, 2017
     Victim Name: Serenity Freeman, 2
     Alleged Perpetrator: Tillman Freeman III, 30
     Relationship: Father
     Town: Raeford
     County: Hoke County
     Weapon: Knife

Note: Mr. Freeman killed his two children as a result of intimate partner violence, after accusing his wife and mother of his children of cheating. 

20. Date: March 29, 2017
     Victim Name: Christopher Caskey, 35
     Alleged Perpetrator: Josiah Russell Philpott, 34
     Relationship: None
     Town: Mount Holly
     County: Gaston
     Weapon: Firearm                  

Note: Mr. Caskey was the current live-in boyfriend of Mr. Philpott’s estranged wife who he had committed DV against. Mr. Philpott killed Mr. Caskey as a result of DV during a custody exchange.

21. Date: April 3, 2017   Murder-Suicide
     Victim Name: Eva Jo Jones, 60
     Alleged Perpetrator: Jeffery Harmon, 42
     Relationship: Estranged Son-in-Law
     Town: Tatums
     County: Columbus
     Weapon: Dismembered

22. Date: April 3, 2017   Murder-Suicide
      Victim Name: Tiffany Cartwright, 35 
      Alleged Perpetrator: Jeffery Harmon, 42
      Relationship: Estranged Brother-in-Law
      Town: Tatums
      County: Columbus
      Weapon: Dismembered

Note: The deaths of Ms. Jones and Ms. Cartwright are included as they are the result of domestic violence. Their daughter/sister, Ms. Sara Harmon had just fled Mr. Harmon because he was abusive and they were killed by Mr. Harmon when they went to retrieve Sara's belongings. 

23. Date: April 5, 2017
     Victim Name: Jennifer Renee Smith, 34
     Alleged Perpetrator: Leroy Anthony Cooper, III, 41
     Relationship: Boyfriend
     Town: Charlotte
     County: Mecklenburg
     Weapon: Unknown

24. Date: May 3, 2017   Murder-Suicide
      Victim Name: Tiara Clark, 29
      Alleged Perpetrator: Byron Howington, 31
      Relationship: Boyfriend
      Town: Charlotte
      County: Mecklenburg
      Weapon: Firearm

25Date: May 6, 2017
     Victim Name: Kenneth Tankson, 40
     Alleged Perpetrator: Whittney Tankson, 28
     Relationship: Wife
     Town: New Bern
     County: Craven
     Weapon: Knife

26. Date: May 12, 2017  Murder-Suicide
      Victim Name: Katrina Wright, 35
      Alleged Perpetrator: Torrey Price, 31
      Relationship: Boyfriend
      Town: Durham
      County: Durham
      Weapon: Firearm 

27Date: May 13, 2017
     Victim Name: Dean Ripa, 60
     Alleged Perpetrator: Regina Ripa, 40
     Relationship: Wife
     Town: Wimington
     County: New Hanover 
     Weapon: Firearm 

 

 

 

 

 

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