GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCT) A second suspect has been charged for the murder of a pregnant woman in Wayne County.

During the continued investigation into the murder of Cassia Renee Duval, new details emerged resulting in the arrest of Ajelet Sahar Ticante Landero.

Landero was arrested Wednesday at 628 Club Drive in Ayden with the assistance of Ayden Police Dept, without incident.

She was transported to the Wayne County Jail.

Landero was charged with:

  • First-degree murder
  • Murder of an unborn child
  • Conspiracy to commit murder

On Wednesday, February 12 at approxiamtely 11:16 p.m., the Wayne County Communication center received a call about a female subject slumped over in a vehicle near the intersection of Pikeville-Princeton Road and Nahunta Road. 

As deputies were responding, the call was upgraded to a vehicle crash. 

Deputies said upon their arrival they found a vehicle in the ditch and the driver, a young white female, was found deceased inside the vehicle. 

The North Carolina Highway Patrol was also called to the scene. 

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office provided a preliminary report.

As a result of that preliminary report, the death is classified as a homicide, officials said.

The victim was identified as 29-year-old Cassia Renee Duval.

Duval at the time was pregnant and the fetus did not survive, officials said.

On Thursday, February 13 the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division arrested and charged 33-year-old James Isaac Jones Jr. of Pikeville, with murder and murder of an unborn child.

On March 4, an additional charge was made against Jones.

The additional charge against Jones is a conspiracy to commit murder.

He was still in the Wayne County Detention Center when arrested on the conspiracy charge.

Jones received a $500,000 bond for the charge.