HOOKERTON, N.C. (WNCT) – A fourth man has been arrested in connection with the 2016 killing of a 60-year-old woman on her birthday.
Steven Jaquan Thigpen was picked up by the U.S. Marshal Service in the Raleigh area on Monday.
He was indicted last year on one count of first-degree murder, two counts first-degree kidnapping and two counts robbery with a dangerous weapon.
His charges stem from the killing of Eliza McCotter during a home invasion in Hookerton, as well as a second Hookerton home invasion laster that night.
Twenty-five-year-old Ernest Mario Roach of Greenville, 31-year-old Elsworth Agusta Massey of Kinston and 38-year-old Tyrone Council of Snow Hill were all arrested around the time of the incident and are awaing trial.
Thigpen is being held in the Greene County Jail under no bond and has a court date set for Friday.Previous Story on 5/5/16
Three men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 60-year-old woman on her birthday.
25-year-old Ernest Mario Roach of Greenville, 31-year-old Elsworth Agusta Massey of Kinston and 38-year-old Tyrone Council of Snow Hill were arrested and charged with a count of open murder and two counts of first-degree burglary. Roach was also charged with one count of first-degree sex offense.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the murder of Eliza McCotter during a home invasion was connected to a second home invasion in the Hookerton area the same night.
That second home invasion happened off William Hooker Drive a short time after the first between 11 p.m. and 12 a.m. In that case, two of the men, Roach and Massey went inside. Roach is accused of assaulting the female victim. They left without taking anything.
Roach is believed to be the suspected triggerman in McCotter’s death.
The three are being held under no bond in the Greene County Detention Center. They’re scheduled for court on June 10.
Sheriff Lemmie Smith credited the arrests to the combined efforts of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Greenville Police Department, and the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office.Previous Story on 5/4/16
Jimmy McCotter says he still can’t go back to his home just days after he said his wife was shot and killed during a home invasion.
SBI agents say they were back in a Hookerton neighborhood on Monday to help Greene County deputies investigate the shooting and killing of Eliza McCotter.
She was killed on her 60th birthday.
Jimmy says he was at home with Eliza and his brother-in-law on Saturday. He heard a knock at the door and went to see who it was. When he unlocked the door, two men rushed in with guns.
He said the robbers didn’t like that answer, so they went to the bedroom where Eliza was. Jimmy said they forced him to see his wife’s dead body before pushing him to the ground while they ransacked his house.
He said the two ended up leaving with only $33.Previous Story on 5/2/16
Deputies with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two suspects after a fatal shooting Saturday night.
They responded to the 1700 block of Highway 123 North in Hookerton just before 11 p.m. When they arrived on the scene, they found 60-year-old Eliza Ann McCotter dead from a gunshot wound. She was celebrating her 60th birthday earlier in the day.
McCotter’s husband and another man were home at the time. Deputies said the second man opened the front door after someone knocked. That’s when the two suspects rushed in and robbed him at gunpoint.
The two suspects then headed to the back of the house, where they found Mrs. McCotter. They tried to rob her at gunpoint and shot her, killing her.
The first suspect is described as a tall male, at least 6′ tall, muscular and wearing all black with a hood over his face. The second suspect is described as a shorter male, wearing camouflage. Mr. McCotter said he didn’t have a hood over his face, but he didn’t recognize the man.
The SBI is also involved. If you have any information on the case, call 252-747-3411.