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FIRST ON 3: Suspects in delivery driver's death no strangers to trouble; Mom defends murder suspect

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Three of the four suspects charged as adults in connection to the murder of a Chinese food delivery driver are no strangers to trouble. A 15-year-old boy has also been charged, but information on him is protected, because he is a juvenile.

The 15-year-old and Cornell Dwayne Haugabook Jr., 20, are charged with murder and armed robbery of Zhen Bo Liu, 60, who was found dead in a car near 13th and Queen Streets June 14. Investigators say Liu was delivering food for a Chinese restaurant when he was killed and robbed of his delivery. Investigators say the suspects then took the $48 worth of food home and ate it.

The StarNews reports the group planned the robbery before ordering the food. Assistant District Attorney Jason Smith said the 15-year-old shot Liu in the foot and then Haugabook shot him in the face, killing him. The two returned to a nearby house and shared the food with the others.

Haugabook made his first appearance in court this morning. His mother was in court for the hearing. Nadine Milton would not go on camera, but told WWAY her son moved to Wilmington four months ago. That's around the time he finished off a four-year prison sentence in Florida for armed burglary, grand theft and grand theft firearm, according to the Florida Department of Corrections website. Because he is still on probation for those crimes, a judge denied Haugabook bond this morning.

Milton said she thinks her son is too young to get the death penalty. She also said she does not think he has it in him to kill someone. Milton said her son has no money, and so she doesn't think he could afford a gun. She also said he is not in a gang.

The other suspects, Manije Daneek Johnson, 16, Rasheed Ramone Thompson, 16, and Marvin Lee White, 18, are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with Liu's death.

While none of those three have any convictions we could find, White has pending charges of larceny, having a weapon on school property, drug possession, discharging a firearm in the city limits and breaking and entering, according to court records.

Records also show Thompson has a court date next month for defacing public property.

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Used to, they arrested someone, held the trial that day if there was a judge in town (if not as soon as they could find one), passed sentence, build a scaffold, and then let them swing at dawn. If they would bring this process back, there would be a lot less of these incidents. I agree with many other posters, if the perps had been white and the victim black, we would never hear the end of this out of Sharpton, Jackson, the Black Panthers, etc. I would like to hear from Obama that if he had a son, which one of these little darlings would he look like?

Everyone's ANGER is justified but....


This is the cornerstone of our justice system.

If these boys are guilty, then they deserve the strongest punishment that is LEGALLY allowed to be dealt to them in a court of law.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims families.

Can we please discuss LOGICAL ways that something like this could be prevented in the future? If predominately young black males in low income areas in Wilmington continue to commit crimes of violence, is there some sort of community outreach that could be done to reach these children early enough to counter such horrible acts from happening?

I believe this would be a better discussion then the one I see happening on this comment board.

some of the programs are teaching the wrong things

Not sure what some of the programs are teaching them. Two years ago my 7 year old son played Pop Warner Football here in town. When they played the teams from the inner city the behavior by the players and their coaches was atrocious. There were numerous late hits, face masking, cursing, punching, and kids hands being stomped on purposely while down. We had kids in tears and afraid to go back on the field with them then and for the next games with them. Sad part was the coaches were overheard by many people encouraging them to do this.

Of course the behavior by the parents(99% "moms") was not much better. Throwing their trash on the ground, cursing loudly and letting their offspring run wild through the bleachers.

Maybe some hugs?

What would you like to see done differently for these punks? They grow up in homes where erug use is the norm. Abuse of welfare is the norm. Being taught that rap and hip-hop are the norm. They have a culture that teaches them they are all victims because of crap that happened over 200 years ago and I'm supposed to still feel guilty about. No worries yhough. These guys are in the district of Ben "PLEA BARGAIN" David. They MIGHT see ten years behind bars with a little probation.

It's the mindset like yours

It's the mindset like yours which encourages these types of crimes. Imagine if the driver had been black and the 6 crooks white? Do you think that the al sharptons, jesse jacksons, benjamin jealous' and all the other race agitators would be as understanding as you??? or would they demand swift justice now!

Do you really think they're innocent??? If given the option to house them during the trial at your home, would you?

Dump your white guilt yoke... you'll soon understand the anger

Some of them aren't bad

Some of them aren't bad people just wrong place wrong time!

Why do we need community

Why do we need community outreach? Is it asking that much of the freaking PARENTS to not teach their kid not to Murder someone? Spare me the "poor black kid" speech. That one is getting old. It is the whole thug and hip hop glamorized lifestyle by the black community doing this damage

Are you SERIOUS ? ? ? ?

With these ultra liberal comments, you are obviously a fool. There ARE programs, you just don't open your eyes to see them, or even though you have these opinions, you choose NOT to involve yourself with actions in suppoa Maybe Obama can fork over some more of my money to make life "fair" for these scum, then maybe they won't do this next time.



Year round high school model. That would be a step in the right direction. We have had two major incidents in the last week, and these kids are high school aged. Don't know where they go or went, but I can imagine. They have been out of school for a week or so, and now the stories flare up. We didn't read about these types of things durng the school year. Maybe that is a coincidence. Maybe it is not. The structure school provides as well as the adult support available to teen aged kids is all of the sudden gone when the summer comes. This is not to blame the school system, but it does go to show that with the right systems in place, much of this may not happen. If New Hanover County had a year round high school there would be less down time and much more time to focus and mentor young people. Put these kids back out in the hood in June through August, you can bet they will slip back to their thug ways quickly. The adults in their lives after June are thugs themselves. The professionals all go home for the summer. This is what we get. I think this makes too much sense however. Schools are not supported by the local politicians, only the friends and potential voters are listened to. Tourism is king. If they did support the schools, they would place strong leaders in each school, surround them with tough teachers, filter out the thugs and wannabes, and teach the rest how to become contributing citizens. Six week on, one week off. Education is the key here. If anyone thinks it is a coincidence that all of this garbage is happening now that school is out, I would suggest they think again. Someone compared this to Mogadishu. Seems like a good comparison. What they lack there is education. We are well on our way to looking like hat hole here soon. We need to smarten up. There needs to be a tough presence in our schools, and these kids need to be and that a lot longer than they are now. Let's try a year round school for a year. My bet is that it works. As for these punks, it is too late. But for the future, why not consider it?

Excuse me why i go throw up

Excuse me why i go throw up grom reading that stupid azz comment. You must live on a well securrd world where you avoid the real world. Barfing again!!!!!

I pray not

Year round schools to stop a killer? Seriously?? I pray these thugs NOT be in school with my daughter, trolling the halls with their attitudes of "I rule over you". Not to even mention the teachers who also must deal with the likes of these adults who refuse authority. You haven't thought through your plan carefully. Exposure to the public is not the answer.

Lady, guess what.....they

Lady, guess what.....they are already in your daughter's school! These same kids were in public schools just a week before the murder. They weren't murderers then. Just potential murderers. My point? Keep them in school, keep them challenged, and keep them straight with TOUGH school leaders. My hypothesis? Had school been in session, this doesn't happen. Trust me, I have thought this through. You need to get real, face the facts, and get a grip. A week before the shooting, they were eating lunch with your kid.

Young Black Males

As a teacher for thirty years in Wilmington schools, I, an African American woman, can attest that something is terribly wrong with young inner-city black males, and it is high time black leaders address this problem.

The majority of African American males are upstanding citizens. But there is a culture of gangsta thug music and videos that celebrate violence. I had to deal with these gangsta thug young males in the last few years of my employment, and they are a scarey group.

Conservatives on this blog have made racist statements. I can understand the anger, but the racism is appalling.

And as for liberals, they are to chicken-livered to ever criticize any element of the black community or experience, no matter how destructive and violent.

Here's my message to local black leaders: Get a grip on this situation now, and admit that the our inner-city youth are in terrible trouble. Stop blaming whitey for everything. We've got to address this ourselves and come up with solutions, if possible.

My deep sympathies go out to the Liu family.

Revers4e racism

Your right racism is appalling. How about your own race speaking up and letting your own kind knoe it's not acceptable when the tables are turned. Likerecently when the black thug that punched the wheelchair bound disabled woman in the face while yelling 'I hate white people!' You never hear these so called Christian reverends being decent enough or man enough to speak out and say we apologize to whites for this dispicable behavior. Don't expect anymore from whites than what the African American community displays to us. I think making a few remarks about a black thug deserving swift justice is much more tolerable than the reverse racism that is taking place in our country right now.

Which one could be O bama's son?

Which one could be obama's son? Who is he going to stick up for now? Which one is this way because of the injustice in this world that is working against him and his ability to succeed? Scum.

which one

The same one that could be your son.
When you have children you never know.
We teach them right from wrong you give them
a morale compass .Do they always follow the
script no,do they all turn out to be murderers
no.Lets be honest for a second had the situation
half of you would careless.You would google
There past and find out what crimes they had
on record.A few would have said the world is a
better place be truth.Now if you want to have
a march downtown get it together.They have been
arrested now we have to wait for due process,just
how we knew Sandusky was guilty Due-process

Translation please.....

Could someone translate this message for me? What language is this? You may want to consider some English lessons, or sober up before attempting to join a discussion.

transation please

you understood the comment.You probably didn't want too see it but,you understand.I assume you have some commonsense.English lesson this isn't an English Class and if you want to take it there try studying American History,not just your History....

They all need....

to be removed from the gene pool post-haste!


If you're son is old enough

If you're son is old enough to commit cold-blooded, calculated murder then he is old enough for the death penalty. He forfeited his right to walk among the living when he murdered Mr. Liu. And since when does a criminal need money to get his hands on a gun?

Fed up with them

I knew it was just a matter of time before mother dearest come out saying he was a good little boy.
I was against the state paying for the eugenics program but this makes me think that we should, 50 grand isn't so bad, just think how much money the state could have saved if we had sterilized this mother before she gave birth to this thug.
Just today the NAACP is in Raleigh protesting just because some black guy was ask to leave a bar that was members only and he wasn't a member but now it's a black thing, why isn't the NAACP down here about this, oh that's right it's one, or 5 maybe 6, of their people who did "wrong" so they will stay away.
And then some law makers want to overturn the cases of almost everyone on death row on something called the racial justice act, BS, justice for this would be a bullet between the eyes.
These people will continue to breed and cause problems as long as we hard workers keep having to put roofs over their heads and feed them, but must not be enough food as these 5 or 6 had to kill for more.
PUT EVERYONE IN PRISON ON A CHAIN GANG 5 DAYS A WEEK, hey thugs here's your gang.

Punishment for evil

I don't think these punks should get the death penalty when they are found guilty of murder. I would rather see them all go to prison for the rest of their lives, and hope that they get treated to the very worst that prison can offer every single day of every year, and that they live a long, long time. Then when they finally die at a ripe old (hopefully very miserable)age, they can go straight to the Devil.

The longer someone is in

The longer someone is in jail-the more of our tax payer money goes towards their stay. What ever happened to the 10 commandments and an eye for an eye?


According to studies ... it cost taxpayers more to invoke the death penalty than life in prison

Nadine Milton

Nadine Milton does not believe her son has it in him to kill someone. I bet she did said the same thing when he was arrested (and subsequently convicted of) for his slew of other crimes that lead to his prison sentence.

He can not afford a gun? He has a conviction for STEALING a firearm.

Too young for the death penalty? He absolutely deserves the death penalty. To think that they went home and ate the food they had stolen from a man they just murdered...

What a bunch of horrid people.


These KIDS lives are over and deserve to be over. These kids traded their lives for an order of chicken wings and shrimp fried rice. Probably woke up hungry the next day. I think they should be forced to starve to death.

Of course

What else should we expect, mama to stand up and say she failed at raising him? That would mean she would have to accept responsibility for creating a thug. These punks have proven that they all lack basic human features and shouldn't ever be allowed to be free. Just execute them and be done with this trash.

Delivery murder

We all are outraged for what took place. It was ridiculous and stupid. We all going to reap what we sow whether it be good or bad according to the word of God. So no one on this whole entire universe has room to judge. God is the just judge. We are all still here because God's mercy. My prayers go out to family who lost there love one. May God comfort and strenghthen your heart. He didn't deserve to die!


Bull$#%#!!!! God can judge them after we send them his way. We have every right to judge them.


I guess you must be God's representative on Earth to have that much say so in who lives or dies. Don't judge and people won't judge you.