Two people tied to a man charged in a February 17 shooting death in Weldon have been charged as accessories — one after the fact of murder and the other before the fact.
Halifax County Sheriff’s Office Captain Joseph Sealey would not elaborate on the new charges which were filed Tuesday.
He did say Patricia Lovelady, 65, of Weldon, and Willie Albert Alston Jr., 28, of Roanoke Rapids are tied to Tremaine Devon Simmons through family relationships.
Lovelady faces a charge of accessory after the fact of murder.
She was arrested by sheriff’s office investigators and patrol deputies at her residence without trouble. She received a $75,000 bond and June 15 court date.
Alston faces a charge of accessory before the fact of murder.
Alston was taken into custody with the assistance of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Fugitive and Missing Persons Task Force.
He received a $750,000 bond and also awaits a June 15 court date.
On Monday the sheriff’s office charged Simmons with murder in the February shooting death of 19-year-old Ja’eid Watson.
Simmons in March had been charged as an accessory in the case. Additional evidence collected led to Monday’s murder charge. The sheriff’s office said the court system will address the accessory charge against Simmons.
The fatal shooting was the result of an ongoing feud between the 26-year-old Simmons and the victim.
The shooting occurred in the 900 block of Sycamore Street, the sheriff’s office said at the time.
Watson sustained multiple gunshot wounds as he was standing outside in the roadway around 10:30 a.m. the day of the shooting.