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Man, woman charged in Pamlico County homicide

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NEW BERN, N.C. - The two defendants in the Pamlico homicide investigation appeared in Pamlico County District Court Friday morning.

Cleveland Caraway II, 34 of Alliance, is charged with one count of Murder in connection with the shooting death of John Paul Zubia, 24. It happened early Thursday morning at Lee's Landing Boating Access Road in Pamlico County.

Kristen Lee, 31 of Grantsboro, is charged with one count of Accessory After the Fact to Murder, one count of Possession of Heroin, and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

District Attorney Scott Thomas says the investigation is still ongoing and investigators are still in the process of interviewing witnesses and evaluating their statements as compared to other evidence in the case.

"At the conclusion of the investigation, we will make a determination as to additional criminal charges. We have filed charges against Mr. Caraway and Ms. Lee based upon what we know about the case at this time. I would like to commend Sheriff Sawyer, his department, and the SBI for their work on this investigation. They have all worked around the clock to gather evidence, identify suspects and make arrests. We will continue to work together to complete the investigation and prosecute these cases in court,” stated Thomas.

Caraway faces a maximum possible punishment of death or life without parole. His next court date is set for March 7, 2014.

Lee faces a maximum possible punishment of 100 months in prison for the accessory charge, and additional time for the drug offenses. Her next court date is set for April 25, 2014.

Both were appointed attorneys to represent them. Caraway will continue to be held without bond and Lee, initially held on a $100,000 bond, remains in place.


Deputies say they've made an arrest in a homicide investigation after a man was shot and killed early Thursday morning in Pamlico County.

Cleveland Caraway, 34, is in custody in Pamlico County. Caraway was arrested without incident.

According to deputies with the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office, they tell 9 On Your Side they have made contact with a second person and believe they've identified the people involved in the incident.

They say Kristen Lee is also in custody in connection but won't be releasing any details at this time.

24-year-old John Paul Zubia was shot and killed at Lee's Landing Boating Access Road in Pamlico County.

9 On Your Side spoke with Zubia’s mother when we first arrived at the scene Thursday. She said her son was at Lee’s Landing last night with a group of people concerning some type of situation surrounding a girl. Investigators are not confirming that information or releasing a motive.

It's been a quiet morning at the wildlife ramp though we have seen a few cars drive through the area to see what's going on. Those who live nearby are surprised this happened. Mike Holton has lived on Lee's Landing Rd for 37 years. He says several years ago the boat access area used to be a hot spot for drug transactions but since then, it's gotten a lot better.

"This, I don't have any idea what it was,” said Mike Holton. lives nearby. “The law watches it a whole lot more now with the game warden and the sheriff and I've seen state troopers go down here a lot. They always go down the road. All that part slowed down a lot. So that's what shocked me about this."

Holton says most of the traffic he sees is from boaters and fishermen who use the landing for its intended purpose.

"I didn't think anything like that would happen here in this little town of Pamlico," said Zubia's high school classmate, Shawn Messina.

Both Holton and Messina say this small town will never be the same.

"It's hard to believe but in this day in age and time you just don't know," said Holton. "There is so much bad stuff going on, more than there ever was."

"We're not safe anymore. Not even at my own house. I'm not safe," said Messina.

Again, 9 On Your Side did speak to the victim’s mother earlier Thursday morning and she is asking the public for help. If anyone has any information about the killing of John Paul Zubia, call the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office.
This is an ongoing investigation and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.
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