‘This is a brutal case’: Pregnant woman, man killed during fatal shooting in Maple Hill
PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Sheriff’s Office released more details during a news conference on Thursday in what is now being called a triple murder.
Deputies responded to an emergency medical call in the 400-block of John Pickett Road in Maple Hill around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.
“This is a brutal murder,” District Attorney Ben David. “And it needs to be solved, and we need to get justice for three victims.”
When they arrived, PCSO says deputies found 22-year-old Destiny Denise Greene, who was 7-months pregnant, and 26-year-old William Lenwood Coley III shot dead.
“We have receive the findings from an autopsy, and have confirmed the female victim was pregnant at the time,” Pender County Sheriff Alan Cutler.
Greene was found in the house, while Coley III was found outside the home.
Deputies say the two were acquaintances, but could not confirm whether Coley III was the father of the unborn child.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating and offering an up to $10,000 reward for information on a suspect(s).
“That’s not everyday, and neither is a triple homicide in Pender County,” David said. “This is a brutal case, and we’re talking about two grown individuals and an unborn child who were murdered.”
Also on Thursday, a 911 call was also released from two women who were at the scene.
Caller: “There is a pregnant lady here, she’s about 7-8 months pregnant and she’s unresponsive. I don’t know how long she has been here. We’ve been trying to call her phone for a while so it’s probably been a few hours.”
Operator: “OK, is she still breathing?”
Caller: “I’m walking up there now. I’m about to check her. Just give me a second. Oh god, she’s cold. I don’t have a pulse … it may be faint, I think pulse maybe.”
Operator: “Is there a way to get close to her? Are you right next to her?”
Caller: “I’m right here.”
Operator: “Can you check her pulse on her neck?
Caller: “It’s faint, she has a faint pulse. It’s a little bit.”
Operator: “Do you know how old she is?”
Caller: “Maybe 24 or 25? She is 23.”
Operator: “She is lying flat on her back?”
Operator: “Do you feel comfortable starting CPR on her? I walk you through CPR if you’d like?”
Caller: “Ok, we can do it. We are just a little nervous, honey. We are CNAs and medical assistants. We are just a little nervous. That’s all.”
Operator: “If it’s possible to try to move her to the ground, OK?”
Caller: “Alright, we got to put her on the floor cause it’s hard to do CPR on the bed. Oh, Lord, she is cold. Oh, Lord Jesus.”
The rest of the call could not be heard until the caller says goodbye to the operator.
David says the case will be prosecuted with three counts of murder.
“The murder of an unborn child is treated the same as if it was an adult or someone who is outside,” David said.
He says the only difference in a case involving the murder of an unborn child is it’s not eligible for the death penalty. He says the maximum penalty is life in prison without parole.
If you know any information, contact the PCSO. You can contact the ATF anonymously at 1-88-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477), by email at ATFTips@atf.gov or through the ReportIt app.