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Two arrested in Northampton murder

JACKSON – Two men are behind bars here, both without bond, accused of an April 13 murder in Garysburg.

Armel Markis Sommerville, 19, of Littleton and on 21-year-old Jeffrey Gerard Johnson Jr. of Garysburg were both arrested on Friday (April 16) in the death of Raheem Scott, age 23, of Garysburg.

Armel Sommerville

Sommerville was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of discharging a firearm in the city limits. Johnson was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

Both men are scheduled to make their first appearance on Thursday, April 22, in Northampton County Criminal District Court.

According to Northampton Sheriff Jack Smith, his deputies along with officers with the Garysburg Police Department responded at approximately 4:58 pm on April 13 to West Wynn Mobile Home Park in Garysburg in reference to an adult male that had been shot. Upon arrival, the law enforcement officers discovered Scott deceased, the victim of multiple gunshot wounds to the body.

After an extensive investigation, the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office was able to obtain warrants Friday on Sommerville and Johnson. The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office served the outstanding warrant on Sommerville.

Jeffrey Johnson Jr.

Sgt. W. Whitley with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office served the arrest warrant on Johnson.

Sheriff Smith stated that he is thankful that his detectives were able to “promptly obtain warrants on the primary subjects involved in this senseless murder.”

“I would like to thank the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division for their hard work and dedication in this case,” Smith stated. “I would also like to thank the NC State Bureau of Investigation and Garysburg Police Department for their assistance in this case. It is unfortunate that this young man lost his life and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Smith added that the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office will continue to work closely together with other agencies such as in this case.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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