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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Four people appeared in a New Hanover County courtroom this morning accused of murdering Joshua Proutey, 19, who was found dead of a gunshot wound in a parking lot near 2nd and Orange streets Thursday night.

At their first court appearance District Attorney Ben David alleged that the four suspects went to downtown Wilmington with the intent of robbing people. David said the four suspects followed a woman from one of the downtown bars until she stopped in a yard and pulled out a phone to call 911, at which point they ran away.

Prosecutors say the four suspects then found Proutey in a parking lot, where they robbed him of $10, his cell phone and a sandwich.

David claims after the suspects robbed Proutey, they ordered him back into his vehicle. When Proutey resisted, David says Quintel Grady, 22, shot Proutey once in the head killing him.

According to New Hanover County Jail and Wilmington Police Department records, Christopher Daniel Cromartie Jr., 23, Daniel Edward Henry, 17, Jasmine Nikole Dottin, 19, and Grady were arrested on suspicion of felony first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Dottin also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for failing to appear on an unspecified charge.

Cromartie, Dottin and Grady are all being held without bond and could face the death penalty. Because Henry is a minor, he is being held under a $2 million bond and faces a maximum of life without parole.

All four suspects are due back in court January 10, 2013.

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97 Comments on "Four charged in murder of CFCC student"

2015 years 10 months ago

Committing robberies and murdering innocent citizens does not constitute “work.” If he was truly gainfully employed, he likely would not have qualified for continued residence in subsidized housing provided by the city of Wilmington. And exactly what “community outreach” did he do? (No, gang recruitment and terrorizing the community with guns do not count.)

Justin America
2015 years 10 months ago

Some people don’t get it even after they’ve been told. It’s disappointing that everyone can tell you are an American black by your typing and grammar. You and everyone that “thinks” like you; get out of the County.

2015 years 10 months ago

Too bad these four black thugs didn’t do us the favor of turning their newly-acquired Magnum 357 on themselves like the mentally sick killer in Connecticut. Could have saved the Proutey family the agony of a trial and saved us all the expense of a trial and supporting their sorry asses in prion for the rest of their lives. They all deserve the death penalty, but we’ll all settle for life in prison for all four, just to assure that they can’t do it again. Hope they have fun in prison trying to find an easy way to “make a buck.”

2015 years 10 months ago

Let he who has not murdered another cast the first ballot for a capital punishment.

2015 years 10 months ago

Why not blame the victim, the WPD did when it said Mr. Proutey was in the wrong place at the wrong time.


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