make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

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

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

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.

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.



God never told us not to judge...He told us not to judge UNTIL we take out the speck in our own eye first.

The Book of Judges is the seventh book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. It contains the history of Biblical judges. Why would God have established judges if He didn't want them to judge?

who is judging??? God has

who is judging??? God has judged them already. just take a minute and read your ten commandments!!!

Cornell Dwayne Haugabook Jr

Birth date: 11/22/1991
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5′ 4″
Weight: 140 lb
DC Number: K76281
Release Date: 2/03/2012
Current Facility: MARION C.I.
Initial Receipt Date: 12/17/2008
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: 2/03/2012
Release Facility: MARION C.I.
Custody: CLOSE
Names / Aliases:
Scars / Marks / Tattoos:
Type Location Description

.....chest reads :"Kill Now, Die Later" ... Yeah, he is an angel Mom.

He's right...

Well, his tattoo is actually correct. He killed someone now and will get to die for it later. Makes sense.


Do you realize that these crimes would stop if we just brought back public executions? It was a perfect concept for the hanus crimes commited. No matter the age, when you make an adult decision to kill someone, you get the adult consequences. I would have no problem seeing the justice system string these people up at the courthouse and making them face real justice.
People need to get the point and criminals need to get the message. We should not and will not be victims. God rest the soul of the man murdered for no reason but doing his job.

The executions wouldn't even

The executions wouldn't even have to be public if they were swift.

what judge let him out?

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.

Why was he out? That man may still be alive

Crazy that he was probably

Crazy that he was probably still in high school when this happened...scary that teachers would be teaching this kid.

oh, and one more thing THUG

oh, and one more thing THUG MAMA, i dont think that the VICTIM should have gotten the DEATH penalty neither!!!!!!!!!

The truth of the matter, if

The truth of the matter, if this event had occured in Mr. Liu's home country of China. These predators would be swiftly found guilty of the crime, walked to the open area behind the court house, and shot. The cost of the procedure (bullet) would be billed to the family.

I wouldn't pi$$ on the lot

I wouldn't pi$$ on the lot of them if they were on fire and burning to death. That poor man was out there working late night just trying to make a living and these scumbags snuffed out his life for kicks and some food.

Depravity Beyond Belief

Has the public paused to consider that the four hooligans, after killing the delivery man (God rest his soul), sat down and ate the meal Mr. liu had just delivered to them?

They sat down to eat the food, delivered by the man they had just brutally murdered.

Amazing! And twisted and evil beyond belief!

Sick? These young men are beyond sick. One thing for sure: we would all be better off if they had never been born.

We need to meditate on the evil of this act. Indeed, there are monsters among us. Monsters!

It's time for the NAACP and the rest of the black community to face the depravity of these inner-city young males who prowl our streets looking for victims.

I know many fine, upstanding, young black males, but there is undeniably a segment of the inner-city youth that are far more violent than youth from other races and ethnicities.

They are predators, and one more hard-working individual has fallen victim to their nefarious crimes.

Had it been four young whites who murdered a black delivery man, local black leaders would be calling for a "march for justice."

May God bless the hard-working Asians and Latinos of Wilmington.

Really? The crime was

Really? The crime was doubt about that. However, there are violent criminals of all races. Blanket statements are generally false, stereotypical and unfair. I could say that people who go on rampages killing others in public places, as well as serial killers are typically white males or that most Latinos in California are gang bangers. Would that be fair?

Have you considered that Caucasians may not need the same support for equality under the law that an African American would, as over 70% of our nation is comprised of whites compared to approx. 12% being African American?

More than likely, you wouldn't have commented if these boys weren't black, as you mentioned the word "black" four times and Asian once, placing the focus on the race of these boys, not necessarily this family's loss nor the crime itself. People with your view(s) don't help the problem. Are you doing anything proactively to resolve these issues, besides complaining? You've already placed them in an electric chair, forgetting that one person released the bullet that killed this man and his/her race shouldn't be a factor.

I'm very proactive in resolving these issues

I carry a .45 at all times and will dispatch any worthless piece of trash that endangers me or an innocent third party without any hesitation or remorse, regardless of their race, creed, national origin, sex, sexual preference, or sexual identity. I'm an equal opportunity fan of self defense.

The bottom line is that anyone delivering food to anywhere West of College is crazy to be there unarmed.

You are so right !

I totally agree with you because everyone makes mistakes. They were wrong, but these other people on here do not have to keep saying that they are black. We all could tell what race they were by the PICTURES on the news. They dont need to keep throwing it in the "black race" face. White, asians, mexicans, puerto ricans, every race has a record of crime and it is not fair for our race to be pointed out. There is NO need to be stereotypical.


If this had been 4 white kids on a black guy we would already have had riots, Al Sharpton, Spike Lee falsly accusing people and every news outlet down in good old Wilmington to spread the word. Unfortunatley this is just what people expect when a crowd of black kids murder someone else. Nothing to see here. Move on.....


ACROSS THE BOARD.we all know this was and evil,evil act,Mr.Sharpton,Mr.Lee has nothing to do with this justice is being handled the way it should be the arrest were made,charges handed down we are just waiting on the trails.Its called due process.Roits and Civil War nobody wants that foolishness just sets us back hundreds of years.And its cool that we all have opinions and can express them,but riots and Civil war.

beyond belief

ITs a given you know nothing about the NAACP or the Black commuity leaders that are making a difference in the inner cities across america will everyone change no, no more than any other group of people in this world.See if we could step back from color for just a minute What if the headlines had read 5 men arrested for murder no pictures nothing, would we be so up in arms.Had they not said that the young men went and ate the food would that be easier to deal with.Bottom line it was a senseless murder and all should be held accountable for there actions.See we have a police department that are about there job so it doesn't matter if the role was reversed because the job would have been done.BOTTOM LINE....


Well Tweety, I wish I could say I'm surprised but idiots (like you) seem to rule lately. You post an idiotic response about how this would be different if the murderers had been white. How? Other than the fact that race pimps like Sharpton and Jesse would be just as absent as they are in this case. I find it very telling about you that you manage to capitalize NAACP but not AMERICA!


Mr.Obrien.I"VE been called worst but that's another topic.First my comment was to someone else that had made the comment about if they where white.Mr.Sharpton,and Mr.Jackson had nothing to do with what happen here.Have you contacted the NAACP to see why the community hadn't heard from them.Not capitalizing AMERICA was an oversight,so i don't know what you read into that.

Step back from color?

Why all of the sudden do you want to "Step back from color" tweety? You are always the one that brings up race. Now all of the sudden you want to step back from it? Let's face it, had this been a group of white males, they would have been charged with a hate crime and you would have been one of the first to jump on the band wagon. You bring up race in every single post you write. But when the suspects are black you want to bypass the whole issue? Can't have it both ways cupcake. The NAACP does nothing for the inner cities. They assist in keeping the race card in play and are of no use in the real world. The little punk ass thugs should be shot in the back of the head and dumped in a landfill. If you are still confused by the definition of THUG, read the story again. They pretty much fit the bill to a T.
I wonder did George Zimmerman eat Trayvon Martins Skittles after he shot him??

step back

Grand ole again my reponse was to another post,from day one i have said this was an evil,evil act.Not disputing that the state would have looked into it as being a hate crime.Would i have jumped on a band never was a follower.Every single post had been about race.So you are saying that the two of them are keeping the whole world at odds with one another..Grand Ole was never confused about the word Thug just wanted to make a point that thugs come in all colors.I know you think that the NAACP does not do work in inner cities you have know idea what they do. Will they reach everyone (not realistic)I hope he did noteat them but he did take the young man life.That was wrong to.The young men will have there day in court and they should be punish to the max.And if thats death or life in prison thats what should happen.Again what they did was as evil as you can get.

That is just sad they

That is just sad they leaured this poor man off to kill him and then go home and eat the food. I mean come on. What is wrong with people.

His mother thinks he doesnt have it in him to kill? Umm but he sure desreves to pay for time in prison letting a 15 year old pull a trigger to kill someone. Personally all 4 ofthem there lives are ruined. Your not going to have a normal life ever again. YOU KILLED A NOTHER LIVING HUMMAN BEING. You didnt just steal a pack of gum from a convainet store. I am just sorry for the mans family. This is a horrible thing.

Sorry mom, your son is an adult

and is not too young to get the death penalty. People even younger than himself are on patrols or guarding a post in Afghanistan as I type this. If your son was a child at 20, well, that's a whole other conversation. Gang or not, before his very public Facebook page was taken down, he cut a fairly menacing figure.


Just cuz a person has a background dont make them a killer my cousin cornell haugabook was convicted of those crimes in florida cause he refuse to talk & me as familu know my family. Will never kill another person yall can say as you please but the truth will set everybody free so keep downing my family everything will come to the light.......oh no.need to throw up race cause its whites who kills steal & act an ass so color dont matter


I see this was written at 11:33 pm. Based on your total lack of the English langauge it shows just how stupid you are or you were up way past your bed time. Oh thats right there is no bed time in the hood, night time is for the hood to get the white man. Are you sure you are his cousin or as you call it familu, maybe you are first brothers of different mothers. Most likely you will end up just like him unless you try this crap on an armed man and get whats coming to you. Maybe if George can get released from Florida, and he dam well should, maybe he will move to Wilmington and help clean up the hood.
If our government would burn down ever free housing project, cut off the free food, hang everyone on death row and the only gang was a chain gang, then what will your type do?
You always cry about being slaves over a hundred years ago but the white man still has to put a roof over your head and feed you because you can't take care of yourself, maybe our forefathers knew something when they made you work for a roof and food, maybe we should cut it all out now.
The naacp (no caps by choice) isn't nothing but a black KKK, always saying they blacks have been done wrong, well quess what, planes and boats leave everyday back accross the water, get on one. I owe you and your race nothing, I work for what I have and what I eat as well as what you do, is that right, hell no, everyone should have to care for themselve and their family, not be allowed to lay in the hood and make babies like bunnies do. Some much interbreeding has gone on in the hood, because 85% of the black mothers claim they don't know who the daddy is, that is why you all act like you do.
White, work, know my children and proud of it.

Stupid don't

Stupid don't know your family members very well. Look at stastics sista..... you don't have a leg to stand on and you don't have a clue what you are talking about when you talk about the white race. Just shut up and pray for your cousin.... he has ruined the rest of his life. My prayers and hope for justice is with the victim's family.


Right. He doesnt have it in him to commit murder his mom says. But does he have it in him after 4 years in prison to tell the 15 year old kid to pull a trigger? Wouldnt he have been about age 15 when he went in to prison himself?

Doesn't have it in him.......

"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."

So, the senseless murder of an INNOCENT person isn't reason enough to deny bond? Why is bond even considered for a murder suspect in NC?????

Also, Mama says he doesn't have it in him to kill someone and is too young to get the death penalty. Mama, wasn't his victim too young to DIE so your boy could eat a plate of Chinese food? Were his victims in Florida too young to keep what belonged to them? Face it lady, your son is nothing more than an vile, rabid animal that needs to be put to death to spare another INNOCENT human the same fate as the other folks that have been victimized by your son!!!!! Gang or no gang, your son is a criminal! Oh yeah, most thugs don't buy their weapons, they STEAL them, or steal the money to buy their weapon of choice!

Hang em all from the nearest

Hang em all from the nearest tree I say. Whatever Nadine???