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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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2015 years 11 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.)

2015 years 11 months ago

I would just like to say that Josh was my cousin and I believe regardless of “wrong place wrong time” they sought out my cousin and shot him. He was well aware of his intent. It’s not about race, wealth, or neighborhood. It’s about justice and grieving family that I’m a part of that can now rest peacefully knowing these criminals will get exactly what they deserve.

2015 years 11 months ago

In regards to the artofpeace response – What planet are you from? This typical bleeding heart black response that attempts to explain that blacks from the “ghetto” committing horrific crimes should somehow be extended a gentle hand because of their poor upbringing is ludicrous. Why is it that society should always be responsible for their plight. These 4 “animals” knew what they were doing and had plenty of time to think things through. I’m reasonably sure that they all knew the shooter had a gun. They all should and will suffer the consequences. I mean… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

It a sad day when someone is murdered and one cannot give his or her opinion without being called racially degrading names. While I agree with some of what you said I cannot condone your tone to the reply about comments being unnecessary. You see you really didn’t know if the writer was black or white and it’s obvious that your hate took over when you began to write. This act of violence was wrong and outrageous no matter who did it or no matter what the color of the victum’s skin.I’m a black man and I simply hate… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

Here is an interesting article about Cromartie http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20090715/ARTICLES/907159980
He has been convicted of robbery before, and he has lived in the rough part of Wilmington, seen people die, experienced violence.
He has tried to turn his life around and been active helping organizations and trying to help younger kids. He is a part of the boxing center program.
He is not the one who pulled the trigger and I don’t believe for a second that he expected the 4th guy to do so.
But what we see is the difficulty in getting out of “the ghetto” life,… Read more »

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