Onslow County Sheriff arrest Jacksonville homicide suspect

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have made an arrest in the murder of Nicholas Carl Matthews.

20-year-old Deon Leonard Townsell of Jacksonville was arrested Monday, June 1, and charged in the death of Matthews which occurred on May 27.

Townsell was arrested during a traffic stop by sheriff’s deputies after detectives developed information identifying Townsell as the suspect.

Officials said, during the traffic stop, Townsell was also found to be in possession of one-half pound of marijuana and a loaded handgun. 

Townsell was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center and after reviewing the case with the District Attorney’s Office, Townsell was charged with one open count of Murder. 

He is currently incarcerated with no bond and is awaiting his first court appearance. 

On Wednesday, May 27, at approxiamtely 9:38 p.m., deputies responded to the area of Myna Drive in Jacksonville regarding a reported robbery and shooting. 

Upon their arrival, deputies located no victim or witnesses. 

While deputies were on Myna Drive, Onslow Memorial Hospital reported that a gunshot victim had been brought to the hospital by a private vehicle.  

The victim, 33-year-old Nicholas Carl Matthews of Jacksonville was pronounced deceased at OMH. 

The preliminary cause of death is gunshot wounds, but an official cause of death is pending an autopsy, which is being scheduled.

The investigation continues.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information on this incident to call 910-455-3113 and speak with a detective.

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