Details are emerging about the Thursday night drive-by shooting that killed a Middlesex woman.
Bailey residents Charles Stanley Hinnant Jr., 19; Dominique Jerrod Brown, 21; Anna Perry, 17; and Adrian Marquis Joyner, 18; were charged with first-degree murder, felony conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and discharging a weapon into occupied property, inflicting serious injury. All four suspects were jailed Monday in Nash County without bond.
Nash County Capt. Pat Joyner said around 10 p.m. Thursday, the suspects drove by a house on the 9000 block of Old Middlesex Road and fired multiple shots at the Middlesex house before driving away. Joyner said relatives of Charles Hinnant Jr. lived at the house.
Three people were at the house when the shooting occurred, but only Portia Hinnant – the aunt of Charles Hinnant Jr. – was shot. Police said attempts were made to revive the 41-year-old victim, but were unsuccessful and she died at the scene.
Police said they believe the shooting stemmed from a dispute between Charles Hinnant Jr. and his cousin, Burnice Antwon Hinnant Jr., 19.
Burnice Hinnant Jr. was charged in September in connection with the shooting death of Jayquan Taybron – whom Joyner said also was related to the Hinnant suspects.
“Burnice was arguing with Charles in the September incident, but shot Jayquan,” Joyner said.
Burnice Hinnant was charged with first-degree murder in connection with Taybron’s death, assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill in connection with the assault on Charles Hinnant Jr. and carrying a concealed weapon. The teen was jailed in Nash County without bond, but in October a judge granted a motion to reduce the bond to $183,000 secured.
Court records indicate Portia Hinnant and Burnice Hinnant Sr., the suspect’s father, secured the bond in November with the deeds to three properties. Burnice Hinnant Jr. was released and placed under house arrest with electronic monitoring.
“The case in which he is charged with first-degree murder is very unusual in that the facts can prove it was self-defense and an accident,” said Thomas Moore II, Burnice Hinnant Jr.’s attorney. “He came from a good family and there was very little chance of fleeing. In fact, at the hearing, half of the courtroom was full of BJ’s supporters who were there to vouch for his character.”
Moore said deputies who administer the house arrest program had no complaints with Burnice Hinnant Jr., but the suspect was remanded back to jail Friday at the discretion of the sheriff’s office.
“We did it for his safety,” Joyner said. “We didn’t know if (Thursday’s shooting) was a retaliation or what.”