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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man accused of driving the car involved in a police chase Sunday that ended with the death of the suspect wanted for shooting a deputy is due in court today.

Vincent Albert Joyner, 39, is charged with accessory after the fact and speeding to elude arrest. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says Joyner drove the car carrying Brandon Smith Sunday that led officers on a chase. Smith, wanted for shooting NHSO Det. Michael Spencer Thursday in Creekwood, was shot and killed around 4:30 p.m. near Fulbright Road and Carl Seitter Drive in northern New Hanover County.

According to the NC Department of Corrections website, Joyner spent nearly a decade in prison after being convicted of a 2000 second-degree murder in Brunswick County.

Joyner is in jail under $500,000 bond.

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  • WilmingtonTruthTeller

    Just another convicted, killer, thug. Getting out early, and doing what comes natural. Reduce crime ? Form a Police Task Force, just to follow him around.

  • the big one

    Who are you to judge ? Jesus had a murder and a robber on his left and is right

  • steve

    In the paper it says: Joyner served nine years in prison on a 10-year sentence for second-degree murder in the killing of a man whose body was dumped in New Hanover County on April 10, 2000.

    9 years for murder?
    How long will the guy he killed be dead for? 8 years?

  • repeat offender

    I am the sister of the guy killed in 2000. You asked the question how long will he be dead?, well it appears forever..it took some time to forgive the courts for letting Joyner go on such little time, but prayer changes things. Joyner and I are classmates and were actually close until he participated in the murder of my brother in Brunswick County then dumping him in New Hanover County. At this point I don’t know how to feel, it’s kinda like reliving it all again, after reading the article you mentioned. My prayers still go out to Mr.Joyner and his family. I guess he was in the wrong place at the wrong time once again.

  • JustMe4532

    I’m surprised he had a driver’s license. Most criminals don’t.

  • nctaxpayer

    @JustMe4532 You must remember he was in jail for killing someone. Not by driving. Not taking up for this guy. But know your law before you jugde.

  • Guest1851658

    Somehow, this does not surprise me.

  • Guest4545454

    Which would have resulted in a revoked license. Brainiac. Know your laws.


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