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Homicide defendants slated for court

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By PHILIP SAYBLACK
Staff Writer

Monday, June 19, 2017

Three Edgecombe County residents will make their next pre-trial appearances in a pair of homicide cases this summer in Tarboro.

Chelsey Webb, 20, of Pinetops, is now scheduled to make her next pre-trial appearance in her first-degree murder case on Oct. 24 in N.C. Superior Court in Tarboro. Webb’s new date is just the latest in an ongoing series of moves in her case.

She was most recently scheduled to appear June 6 in N.C. Superior Court in Tarboro, but her lawyer, Damian Tucker, requested a motion for a bond hearing instead. That motion was granted by Judge Milton F. Fitch Jr.

Webb is accused of killing her infant daughter in March 2016. The case started when Edgecombe County deputies responded to a report of a dead infant at a house on Atwater Lane in Pinetops. Deputies said at the time she told them the child had choked on a piece of chicken when they interviewed her.

Information from interviews and a report from the office of the State Medical Examiner contradicted that claim. The report alleged the child died as a result of physical trauma, not choking.

Webb is being held in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $1,000,000 secured bond on a felony first-degree murder charge in the case. She also is charged with felony intentional child abuse in connection to the child’s death.

Darius Council, 21, of Tarboro, is another of Tucker’s clients. He is scheduled to make his latest pre-trial appearance the same day as Webb in the same courtroom for his murder case. Council, who also was scheduled to appear June 6 in court, is accused of gunning down Reginald “Reggie” Alston on Oct. 24, 2016, at Pender Square Apartments in Tarboro.

The homicide happened after Council, Alston and another, unidentified man had gotten into a verbal altercation the same day as the shooting. Police said in a press release at the time that following the alleged altercation, Council returned to the apartments and shot Council before fleeing on foot.

Police provided first-aid to Alston when they arrived, but he died from his injuries at the scene. Council was found three days later at a hotel in the Gold Rock area of Rocky Mount through a joint investigation by police and the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Recovery Task Force and arrested without incident.

He was charged with first-degree murder, going armed to the terror of the public and felony probation violation before being jailed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center without bond.

Moleshia Moody, 21, of Tarboro, is charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder in the case. She was arrested later the same day as Council and is scheduled to make her next pre-trial appearance Oct. 25 in N.C. Superior Court in Tarboro.

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