#UNSOLVED: Man charged in 2016 murder in Wilmington


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man has been charged in a 2016 murder in Wilmington featured on #Unsolved.

According to Wilmington Police spokeswoman Linda Thompson, Cedric Alden Burnett, 23, is charged in connection to the death of Aljhean Williams, 14.

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WWAY’s Hannah Patrick spoke with Williams’ mother in 2018 about her son’s death.

On the night of January 3, around 6:25 p.m., Wilmington police responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the 1100 block of Emory Street. When they arrived, police found Williams lying on his back in the road dead.
Williams had reportedly been walking down the street with others when shots rang out from a vehicle and he was struck. WPD says details were limited at the time.
Wednesday night’s arrest came after WPD received evidence linking Burnett to the death of Williams.
Burnett was arrested by Mobile Field Force A&B teams in a traffic stop in the 100 block of Grace Street and is being held at the New Hanover County Jail without bond.