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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than a year after police found a homeless man beaten to death in Wilmington, another homeless man has confessed to the crime.

Investigators say the suspect contacted them to come clean on his 24th birthday.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says Andrew Berry, 24, contacted one of its detectives late Monday. Investigators say he confessed to killing another homeless man in Wilmington on Jan. 2, 2013.

Berry made his first court appearance Tuesday morning to face a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Judson Poland Jr., 48.

Police found Poland dead near a homeless camp at the old Wilson’s restaurant near Market Street and New Center Drive. When police were investigating the murder last year, they believed the injuries to Poland’s head may have been the result of an assault.

“Somebody bashed him in the face pretty damn good,” a caller who found the body told a 911 operator at the time.

This is not Berry’s first run-in with the law. He spent a little more than two years in prison for robbing a gas station on Castle Hayne Rd. Department of Corrections records show his criminal history dates back to 2007, and also includes convictions for drug possessions, communicating threats and assault in New Hanover and Pender counties.
Once homeless… Berry now sits in the new hanover county jail without bail charged with murder and robbery.

In addition to murder… Berry is also charged with robbery.
He is due back in court may 29th.

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8 Comments on "Man confesses to homeless man’s 2013 murder"

2015 years 9 months ago

This low life should rot in prison for the rest of his useless life. Beat a man to death? Prime example of in-breeding.

2015 years 9 months ago

Well, they’re both homeless for a reason, they don’t have any family that wants them and they can’t trouble themselves to get a job. Sounds like he did the other guy a favor; he should have done himself a favor and killed himself too.

2015 years 9 months ago

I knew andrew personally, and yes he is a handful. But i will say he has a big heart. What he did was undoubtedly wrong but not many know his story. I, like most, gave up on trying to help him. Andrew has always been on guard and defensive as if the world was out to get him. And it got worse when he became epileptic. However, when he was away from his thug friends he was a completely different guy. Well mannered, helpful, and courteous. None of this makes what happened right but he is the type of person that can be easily coerced into doing dumb and down right wrong things if it means he gets approval. His mom did try to help him but there came a point where he couldn’t be. I’ve never been homeless and if I had stuck by his side and not ggiven up he wouldn’t have been. But lord only knows what kinda hell it’s like to live on the streets and not have anyone to care.

2015 years 9 months ago

Dirt bag, thug. Now we get to pay for this P.O.S. to live in jail. If he confessed, he should be put to death.

2015 years 9 months ago

He has proven he can’t live in a civil society, just be done with him.

2015 years 9 months ago

He has family. He has a mother who lives in Rocky Point and she is pathetic and should have never have been allowed to breed in the first place. This kid been homeless a long time. In trouble a lot. I know his father commited suicide when he was young. Im suprised he stayed out of jail this long. I personally do not think he can be rehabilitated. Hope his mom proud of the fine job she did of ignoring him, and allowing him to drop out of school at 16. He cant even read nor write.. I had offered one time to help him learn to read. So sad but it started at home for him. I do not feel he will make it long in jail because he has history of fighting.. bullying and dislike for most other races..

2015 years 9 months ago

Look none of you have the right to judge that’s my cousin an (IF) witch is a big word did do it then there is a reason….an no I’m not saying that it gave him the right to take a mans life..but when you are out there homeless you don’t know wat goes on

2015 years 9 months ago

This guy lived in my neighborhood and was always starting problems. His mother was never a mother to him and let him wander around the neighborhood late at night when he as a teenager. He had no direction in life. I am not shocked at all by this news from this guy. Sadly, he was a kid not many cared about including his own trashy mother. Me and few others tried to talk to him when he was younger. Jail is the better place for him as he led a destructive lifestyle at a young age. Hope his mother has some guilt in her part of his very poor upbringing.


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