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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New details have emerged about two of the suspects accused in the New Year’s Day murder of a Hallsboro woman.

Court records show that Derrick Devon Pierce and Antwan Jahmal Johnson have both had multiple run-ins with the law in the last year.

Court records show that Pierce was out on bond on multiple cases in Columbus County, including assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of trafficking in opium and heroin. Johnson was out on bond from Forsyth County, where he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor larceny.

A woman close to Johnson, who asked us not to use her name, spoke with us about the type of man he is.

“He could be a person that could watch out for you if you needed somebody to do something for you,” she said. “I mean he was somebody that could take care of that, but as far as him letting his temper get out of control, it does, and that’s what actually happened with him in Forsyth County.”

The woman says that despite Johnson’s anger problems, she could not believe he would ever kill someone without being provoked.

Both men are currently in the Columbus County Jail, along with a third suspect, Amanda Canady, without bond charged with murdering Keshia Ward.

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2015 years 11 months ago

**”Thats some Of the consenqienses when you chose to dabble in drugs. Thats why its Best to stay drug free.”** Seriously, “real reality”. You seem so non-chalant about this. Meanwhile a woman has been brutally murdered. Thank goodness this is a death penalty state because these savage murderers DO deserve to die but the victims didn’t “get what was coming to them” which is basically what you are saying. YES our judicial system sucks and YES more needs to be done with these criminals who keep collecting charge after charge after charge. That kind of conduct should not be… Read more »

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