Rocky Mount police apprehended a fugitive wanted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives while responding to a Sunday morning car crash.
Police Cpl. Mike Lewis said officers responded just before 9 a.m. to a single car wreck at the intersection of North Parker Street and Eastern Avenue where a 1999 Buick Park Avenue had collided with a curb and guide wire for an electric pole. According to police reports, the driver was in the vehicle when police arrived, but officers said they found a semi-automatic pistol in the car. The gun was reportedly stolen in Bayboro. Police seized the vehicle and took the driver into custody.
James Montez Woodley, 28, was charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, driving while intoxicated and driving while license revoked. Officers also served Woodley with an outstanding federal possession of a firearm by a felon charge obtained against the suspect by a Rocky Mount police officer working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Woodley was jailed in Edgecombe County without bond.
Woodley was charged with first-degree murder when he was 18 years old along with Nathan Jones in connection with the shooting death of 47-year-old Curtis Leon Jones in 2003.
The Jones suspect and the victim are not related.
Police said the shooting occurred during an armed robbery at a home across the street from the victim. Curtis Jones was sleeping when a stray bullet entered his house and struck him in the head.
Woodley and Nathan Jones were convicted of discharging a firearm into occupied property in connection with the 2003 incident.
According to the N.C. Department of Correction website, Woodley has several convictions for gun- and drug-related charges.
Woodley also has numerous charges for which he is awaiting trial.