Man denied bond, charged with murder following deadly weekend chase

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Thomas Willoughby Jr. appeared in New Hanover County court on Oct. 28, 2019 on a slew of charges including first-degree murder. (Photo: WWAY)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The man accused of leading law enforcement on a fatal high-speed chase Sunday morning will continue to stay in jail under no bond.

Thomas Willoughby Jr. appeared in New Hanover County court Monday morning on a slew of charges including first-degree murder.

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New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lieutenant Jerry Brewer says deputies were responding to an armed robbery at the Porters Neck Walmart when they began chasing two suspects in a white car.

The chase led officers into the City of Wilmington, where the suspect’s car ran red lights and rammed a deputy’s vehicle before crashing into a Jeep Wrangler at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Country Club Road.

Sean Evans (Photo: Linkedin)

According to WPD, 51-year-old Sean Alan Evans, of Raleigh, died at the scene after being thrown from his vehicle.



38-year-old Amy Miles, who was riding in the car with Willoughby, has been charged with aiding and abetting, DWI, and possession of drug paraphernalia.