A pair of New Year’s Day assaults left two men with serious injuries and sent a 29-year-old Rocky Mount man to the Edgecombe County Detention Center.

Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched on New Year’s night to a call about a shooting on Warwick Drive, about five miles outside of Pinetops.

Upon arrival, deputies found a male victim with gunshot wounds to the face and body. That victim was rushed from the scene to receive emergency medical care.

As the investigation progressed, detectives learned that another serious assault had taken place earlier in the night, leaving another man with serious injuries. The suspect was the same in both instances.

Detectives charged James Dean Millard of 98 Oakton Lane in Rocky Mount with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He was jailed under a $250,000 bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center.

Millard has a history with law enforcement, beginning with a May 25, 2019, charge of driving while impaired in Craven County while living in Tarboro.


The sheriff’s office’s narcotics unit arrested Millard on Oct. 16 following a month-long investigation that led to a vehicle stop on a vehicle he was operating.

After a search of the vehicle, roughly four grams of methamphetamine was located.

After that discovery, Millard cooperated with deputies and admitted to having about 19 grams of methamphetamine at his Rocky Mount residence. Deputies were able to seize that methamphetamine.

Additionally, deputies had made previous controlled buys of methamphetamine from Millard prior to the traffic stop.

At that time, he was charged with two counts of sell or deliver methamphetamine, two counts of possession with intent to sell or distribute methamphetamine, three counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for the sale of a controlled substance and one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Millard faces four court dates — two on Jan. 20 for the two assault-related charges, one on Feb. 15 in Beaufort County for driving while license revoked (impaired revocation) and one on March 24 for driving while license revoked (impaired revocation).