KPD: Second suspect wanted in death of Kinston man arrested in Wayne County

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Joseph Dixon Hughes and Clinton Wade Christmas (Kinston Police Department photos)

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – A second suspect wanted in the death of a Kinston man was arrested Wednesday evening in Wayne County.

Joseph Dixon Hughes was arrested by the Kinston Police Department with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Goldsboro Police Department.

Hughes is currently being held in the Wayne County Detention Center under a $500,000 bond.


KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — Kinston police have upgraded the charges against two men who officials said beat a man to death earlier in May.

Joseph Hughes, 45, of Kinston, and Clinton Christmas, 41, of Raleigh, are facing second-degree murder charges after Jeffery Hill, 58, of Kinston, passed away. Kinston police said Hughes and Christmas assaulted Hill on May 2 in the parking lot of the 100 block of West Gordon Street.

Before Hill was found by police, officials said they were responding to a person tampering with motor vehicles. Hill was taken to Vidant Medical Center where he died on May 11 of his injuries.

Hughes was arrested on May 6 and Christmas was arrested on May 11. Both were charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury,

On May 20, Kinston police obtained additional warrants on Hughes and Christmas for second-degree murder. Christmas turned himself in on Wednesday. Police were still looking for Hughes as of Wednesday afternoon.

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