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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A teenager charged in connection to the murder of a Chinese delivery driver last year has pleaded guilty for his role in the crime.

Manije Johnson-Martin pleaded guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree murder in the death of Zhen Bo Liu.

In June 2012 Liu was shot and killed while delivering food to a home on 13th Street. Now one of the young men connected with his death could face 14 years in prison.

Johnson-Martin was 16 when it happened. He was not the shooter, but according to the District Attorney’s office says he did provide the cell phone used to order the food.

Liu was a delivery driver for China King and was delivering $48 worth of food when he was killed.

Liu’s family spoke to WWAY last year just days after his death in an ONLY ON 3 interview.

“I try not to think at that moment what happened to him. I really can’t imagine somebody so cold blooded,” Liu’s daughter-in-law Wei Wei Leu said.

Johnson-Martin and five others were indicted for Liu’s death.

As part of his guilty plea he will have to testify against his co-defendants. Those cases are still pending.

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2015 years 10 months ago


2015 years 10 months ago

Five black guys murder a Chinese delivery guy. Then eat the meals he was delivering, and laugh about it. Not a peep from Jesse Jackson, and all the “Hate Crime” people. If the victim would have been black, and five white suspects, it would still be a national headline, dwarfing Trayvon Martin.

2015 years 10 months ago

he will no doubt walk out with a higher education courtesy of the taxpayers. Of course he may not be walking the same when he leaves as he walks when he enters.

2015 years 10 months ago

To get an education one must have drive and motivation. This clown is lacking those traits. He will just continue his life of being a financial drain on society.

2015 years 10 months ago

Unless they move him out of state he may not come out at all.
Remember this is a plea bargains in exchange for testifying AGAINST his cohorts.
The Aaron Hernandez case has an accomplice willing to testify that Hernandez pulled the trigger. It’s the gunman they’re after.
What happens in REAL life though is that these “second banana’s” come out and they want to become the big guy – the leader.
So they return to the hood, find a willing girlfriend, get her to get weapons and a place to stay – and start all over again.
SHE needs to be evicted – she needs to be charged as a felon – she needs to be punished for telling that cop – “Oh the gun was stolen.”
Make it a law requiring the reporting of stolen guns for ALL – with felony convictions for those that disobey.
Throw her in jail. The chances of her procreating are slim in prison. And if she stays in long enough it will be “self inflicted sterilization” – no government pay back required……….


2015 years 10 months ago

Please don’t insult clowns like that.

2015 years 10 months ago

This murdering, parasite, thug, should go to the electric chair. I knew his victim. He was a good, hard working man. It sickens me to think the State of NC, will be paying thousands a year, on this monster, who, unlike his victim, will one day be a free man.

2015 years 10 months ago

He’ll get 7 to 18 years MAX.
Probably walk out in 4 years

Good grief


2015 years 10 months ago

He should never ever be free I am outraged!

Peyton Garrett
2015 years 10 months ago

How about taking that piece of glass out of his ear, the hard way. Of course he be the good boy, went to preachin, loved his mammy and helped everyone in the hood. Just a thug. Piece of crap trash. What a little coward. Deprived of his rights somehow I am sure.

Me, Myself, and I
2015 years 10 months ago

Want to know why violence is so bad in the Housing Areas ? Ask this guy, in a year from now, when he’s back out on the street.

2015 years 10 months ago

The violence is so bad in the housing areas because they get everything for free. They don’t have to work, don’t have to pay no utilities get a free car they get free groceries so all they have on their hands is TIME so make their buts get a job and pay their way like everyone else. The Govt. needs to stop giving handouts. If you don’t work you don’t eat.

2015 years 10 months ago

I’d like to knock that smug look off the face of this IMP! If I could come face to face with this idiot I’d shove a chicken wing down his throat & tell him to enjoy that going down! YOU AND YOUR MATES ARE SICKENING NO GOOD EXCUSES FOR HUMAN KIND!

Mike Ihrie
2015 years 10 months ago

Rev. Barber is a black racist in every sense of the word. He is a Jessie Jackson wanna be. Nonetheless we should all pray for him to become true to the things he preaches. It is interesting in a black racist’s brain, if a black is the criminal and another race happens to be the victim then it is not a hate crime. God will deal with the Reverend and this criminal as he will deal with all of us. In the meantime, if a black criminal were to do to Rev. Barber what this piece of dung and his “home boys” or his “posse” did to this honorable Chinese man, then I would not call that a hate crime. In some ways it would be a blessing and would be better than he deserves.
As for this young black guy, it is a shame that he has participated in the crime. I hope he will tell the truth and all the other black thugs that had anything to do with this crime are dealt with in a most severe way. But, be careful. If word gets out that you said anything about a black criminal like this, then you will be labeled a racist and you could get to meet the good reverend face to face someday. All of this is just one more reason the South should have won the war.

2015 years 10 months ago

The people on here show their lack of education. The reason black people speak out is when a black person is victimized think Trayvon Martin they arrest no one and make him out to be someone who has done something wrong. When a black person does it everyone calls for the chair. When black people are treated fairly under the law people like Jackson won’t have anything to say. A white man on here killed his child and no one had anything to say about his race. This boy or any other black person on here does not represent all black people, just as any other person does not represent all of their race. Furthermore, for the comment that he is why the south should have won people like you are why they lost.


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