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More arrested in deadly Woodland home invasion

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More people were arrested Monday in a September 22 home invasion in Woodland.

Captain Patrick Jacobs of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office said investigation continues and more arrests are possible in the shooting death of former Littleton resident Edward Phipps, 49.

Jacobs said detectives continue to investigate whether all the suspects were armed in the home invasion,, which occurred shortly before midnight at Arrowhead Mobile Home Park.

He said investigation also continues to determine whether there was a motive beyond a home invasion as well as how the defendants are connected to one another.

Those arrested Monday face charges of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, six counts of second-degree kidnapping, larceny after breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon and injury to personal property.

Arrested were:

Shirley Williams, 22, of Murfreesboro, who was picked up at her residence with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Hertford County Sheriff’s Office.

Deshy Obriant Gatling, 23, of Ahoskie, who was picked up near his residence with assistance from the SBI and Ahoskie Police Department.

Deshawn Lamont Beverly, 26, of Cofield, who was picked up with assistance from the SBI and Hertford County Sheriff’s Office.

Service of warrants to Eric Vaughan Jr., who is in custody on unrelated charges, are pending.

Raquan Omar Williams was charged the Monday following the crime.

Those in custody have been jailed without opportunity for bond on the murder count and $750,000 secured bond on the other counts.

Sheriff Jack Smith in a statement thanked the numerous agencies which have assisted in the investigation. “Without all the help from the surrounding agencies it would have made this investigation a lot more difficult.”


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