CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) – A Craven County man facing a murder charge and the wife accused of trying to help escape, made their first court appearances Tuesday morning.

Investigators say Timothy Harris killed Courtney Dixon on Friday.

Craven County deputies say Harris led them on a high-speed chase through the county, hitting one sheriff’s cruiser and his wife, Barbara was in another vehicle and tried to hit more patrol cars before they were caught.

Timothy is being held without bond for murder and other charges. Barbara has a bond set at about $1 million for charges including accessory to murder and felony assault on deputies.

Their next court appearance is scheduled for June 5.

On May 24, the Craven County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a vehicle pursuit in the Vanceboro area of Craven County.

Timothy Harris was wanted for the murder of Courtney Dixon on May 22 on Old Cherry Point Road. 

During the vehicle pursuit, Timothy struck a marked patrol vehicle causing damage and his wife Barbara Harris attempted to hit patrol cars by crossing the centerline in her vehicle in an attempt to help Timothy escape authorities on Butler Ford Road, officials said.

Deputies were able to stop Timothy on Butler Ford Road and took him into custody.

During the arrest of Timothy; Barbara got out of her vehicle and attempted to interfere with the arrest and was arrested. 

Barbara is charged with:

  • Accessory after the fact to murder
  • Two counts of assault on a government official
  • Obstructing an officer

She’s being held in the Craven County Confinement Facility under a $1.2 million bond. 

Timothy was charged with:

  • Open count of murder
  • Fleeing to elude arrest
  • Assault with a deadly weapon against a government official
  • Numerous traffic violations.

He is being held under no bond. 


NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT)- Craven County deputies are searching for a man following a Friday night shooting.

At 9:15 p.m. Friday night, Craven County deputies responded to a call at 4022 Old Cherry Point Rd. in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival deputies discovered the body of Courtney Dixon of New Bern.

It was determined that Dixon died as a result of gunshot wounds. The investigation identified Timothy Harris of Mt. Pleasant Rd. New Bern as the suspect in the shooting.

A warrant has been issued for Harris charging him with a open count of murder.

Harris is described as a white male, 6’4, having brown hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen driving a black Audi, NC registration TAV-6335.

Harris should be considered armed and dangerous.  

Anyone who has information regarding his whereabouts should call Craven County Communications at 252-633-2357  or your local law enforcement agency.