UPDATE: Fourth man arrested in connection to Columbus County murder

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Submitted: Fri, 10/11/2013 - 11:40pm
Updated: Tue, 02/11/2014 - 1:59pm

TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — A fourth Whiteville man, Charles Thomas Little, 19, has been arrested by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the Murder of Lee Travis Wright.

Little, who faces Murder and Robbery charges, was taken into custody during a search warrant executed this afternoon at Sandy Ridge Apartments. The warrant was served by investigators and the Columbus County SWAT team. Little attempted to flee on foot, but quickly surrendered to authorities without resistance.

He has been booked into jail with no bond and will have first appearance on Monday.

Columbus County Sheriff’s deputies previously arrested three other Whiteville men in connection with the deadly shooting of Lee Travis Wright near Tabor City.

Those three men are charged with murder and conspiracy to commit robbery after confessing to investigators. Additional charges could be on the way.

Deputies arrested Darrius Dequan Hunter, 20, and his brother Demoncrick Hunter, 23. The two live together at 2421 Golf Course Rd. The third man charged is Christopher Frione, 29, of 4726 Pleasant Plains Church Rd.

The men made their first court appearances Friday morning. They are in jail without bond.

The investigation doesn’t end here. Deputies are still asking for tips related to the crime Tuesday that left one man dead and sent another to the hospital. Anyone with information should call (910) 642-6551.

Just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to reports of shots fired at 332 Shug Norris Rd., east of Tabor City. That’s where they found the body of Wright, 20, and Johnathan Elgin Long, 25, badly wounded.


  • Guest-o-matic says:

    Send them to prison. Keep them in prison. Let them die in prison. Problem resolved.

  • Columbus resident says:

    Probably alittle bit more to this story. Sounds like a drug deal gone bad .

  • Renee mcpherson says:

    And you know this HOW?????? Please do tell me the mother of the dead son how you jnow this????

  • coco relative says:

    how do you know that it was a drug deal gone bad?? Yu must really think yo u something talkin junk bout the dead!! you r a joke!! reveal who yu r since you like to run your mouth!! or yu jus a coward!! RIP LEE DA WRIGHT FAMILY IS

  • Tara G. says:

    You think there’s more to the story huh? Get a grip and a life, not all people accidentally shot are doing something wrong! There is a such thing as being a good friend and being at the wrong place at the wrong time. You people and your theories, not sure why you think you know so much but the only thing your showing with a comment like that is your ignorance and that your cold hearted person, leaving something like that for his family to read. LEE WAS A WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN!!!!! There that’s the rest of the story for you, if you don’t feel stupid well then again your showing how ignorant you are. A beautiful person was selfishly taken and all your mouthing about is the rest of the story. . .he was taken from us needlessly, END O ass aF THE STORY!!!!! Get a life and think about his poor torturer family, your a narrow minded individual!!!!! Not sure if you have heard of karma but you may need to look into it before it slaps you in the back of the head, bbecause I am quite sure you have at least one person you care about take a moment and think how you would feel if this were them. And another note if it were about drugs do you think he it anyone else for that matter deserved to be killed but once again prime example of your ignorance just falling out of your mouth. Please learn some compassion otherwise your gonna deal with some major fall out, remember KARMA is your word for the day, learn it cause I have a feeling your gonna get a healthy dose of it real soon talking like that and to be honest I can’t wait!!!!! Mrs. Rene and Scott and Mrs. Sudie, I’m so sorry you have to deal with your pain and ignorant people like this, so sorry we live in such a cruel works with such heartless people, my prayers are with your all.

  • Beaverdam Mom says:

    Watching Lee’s family today broke my heart. These three and EVERYONE ELSE INVOLVED ARE ALL COWARDS!!! I will pray everyday that they get the death penalty. These rat-cowards deserve to have a cell with the most awful inmates in the state!!


  • Gailya Thomas says:

    It looks as if those Hunter boys are cursed with evil it’s like wrong is all that they know bad.

  • Guest 25 says:

    Listen, this is not their first rodeo and the camera was in plain sight for them to see. More to the story, I am sure.

  • Guest 25 says:

    WOW. That was too easy, who are the 3 messengers really protecting?

  • inquiringmind says:

    I’d like to know the same thing!

  • CCRES says:

    It’s hard to protect anyone when you are identified on the surveillance camera from the scene of the crime…. Can’t lie when your face is plain as day and recognized as soon as the surveillance is played for the sheriffs office. This should be an open and shut case.

  • mts says:

    they will probly plea deal and a slap on the wrist but if it was a judge or lawyers family they would get the strongest penalty law could give ! the problem is not the sheriffs office ,they do their job & put them in jail but our court system lets them out ! that needs to stop ! we need to keep a record of the judges doing that & come election time make some changes !

  • COCOGAL says:

    High 5 CCSD!!!

  • Observer says:

    Should only take Jon David’s office 5 years to take to trial.

  • GRR says:

    Great job by Sheriff Batten and his staff for finding these three thugs so quickly. Now I just hope that the DA and the court system don’t turn them loose. It’s time to clean the county up with all these thugs running around killing and drug dealing, and maybe this is a start.

  • CCRES says:

    Columbus Residint, As I read your comments, I can’t help but think how ignorant you are to judge. I have been to this piece of property before and stopped by to speak because I have known this family for 40 years back as far as the deceased father. I have three college degrees, never been involved in drugs, no criminal record, hold a full time public job of 18 years and been involved in church all of my life. Does this mean that I am a crack head, pill head, pot head, gangsta wannabe, thug, thief, trailer trash, RC Soles disciple, etc. To make my point, I stop by and see many of the people that I grew up with in school and I know that many of them are living on the edge and are really a cancer on society. Numerous ones have now lower their class to trashiness and thug life, but should I not stop by and speak or give them deer meat from time to time or a mess of fish like I occasionally do? I do this with love with an attempt to influence them hopefully to the right paths. Does it always work? No. But on the other hand, I would rather be a good friend than to turn my back on them and act like I am better than they are. I have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. I guess if I would have been shot in a robbery at one of these locations, you would have classified me as a low life piece of trash. God help you is all I can say. Hope it never rains on your parade.

  • Holly says:

    Everyone that knows Lee knows what a kind hearted, genuinely good person he is! He was the person that would make you laugh on the worst day and make you feel that everything was going to be ok! He did not judge anyone and would go out of his way to help ANYONE! He made a difference in everyone’s life! I’m certainly glad that me and my daughter had the privilege to know him! It breaks my heart what happened to Lee! Please do not let ignorant people in Columbus County bother you! We all love Lee and will forever defend him against people who did not know him and make stupid comments of which they know nothing about! Prayers for you, his other family, and the many friends that Lee had on this earth! I know he is looking down on all of us! We now have an amazing guardian angel!

  • Columbus Residint says:

    3 of one shade…one of the other. All of a suspicious character. Low income and low education…. Your son hanging with this crew…. I think its pretty obvious. You should wake up and realize what your son was into

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  • Holly says:

    First of all, if you are going to make a comment about something, leave your name and not just Columbus County Resident (notice the spelling please)! You did not know Lee so don’t pass judgment on him! That’s not your place to do that! Lee was the type of person that wanted to help people. He wanted to make a difference in the lives that he touched! He didn’t judge people for the kind of life they lived or whether they were poor or uneducated. What gives you the right to talk about someone like that? His family and friends are extremely hurt by his passing. He was visiting a friend and happened to be in the absolute wrong place at the wrong time! Think about what you write because something like this could easily happen to you or one of your family members! Those that love Lee know what he was doing there so you can keep your stupid opinions to yourself instead of trying to hurt his family and friends even more than what they already are!

  • shannon says:

    Chris is my daughters sperm donor. If you do not believe this to be a drug deal gone bad then you are wrong. This little boy has done nothing but drugs his whole life. Has never had anything to do with my daughter so they deserve life in prison if not more.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    something to brag about. not that it is relevant, but did he donate to you or to your daughter?

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …try to be a little more picky before accepting the next “donation”.

  • WhitevilleNative says:

    This is tragic… What has happened to our little corner of the world? Murders, armed robberies and home invasions are becoming the norm and our Mayberry like communities seem to slowly disappear. I pray for the victims families that the good Lord will see them through this…and to the four boys that have taken this young mans life and ruined another…may you burn and rot in the deepest pit of hell.

  • Frustrated says:

    Demoncrick Hunter’s NC DOC record shows he has a prior felony conviction for Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer inflicting Serious Injury from 2007 and was just placed on probation LAST MONTH for another shooting in Columbus County that happened last year, where Hunter was shot the victim 18 times. How is he not in prison right now? When do we stop giving shooters probation?

  • cool_cat01 says:

    you are right!! If they would have sent people like this to prison, maybe these two boys would be at home with their families right now. One will never come home and the other boy may take a long time to ever come home even if he ever does recover.

  • cool_cat01 says:

    Hopefully they will rot in prison for this crime.

  • kristalmc says:

    I hope these guys get the punishmment they deserve. Lee was an amazing person and had so many people who loved him dearly. He did not deserve to have his life taken so soon. John is also an amazing friend who will do anything for those he cares for. I pray he pulls thru. He should not be in the hospital right now because of what these 3 guys did!

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