The mother of a 17-year-old girl who was shot and killed by a man who police say was the mother’s boyfriend was charged today on obstruction charges in the case, according to the Roanoke Rapids Police Department.
Chief Bobby Martin said 41-year-old Oniesha Lynette Branch faces charges of felony obstructing justice and felony accessory after the fact of murder in her daughter Quameisha’s shooting death.
Martin said the charges reflect that Oniesh Branch knew the circumstances behind her daughter’s disappearance and death.
Martin said investigators believe Quameisha’s death occurred in the area where her daughter had last been seen on February 7 – which was the downtown area of Roanoke Rapids.
The teen was found in a field in the Garysburg area on February 10 and since that time the mother’s boyfriend – Marquette Douglas – is in custody in the Halifax County Detention without the opportunity for bond. Douglas has a second district court date set Thursday.
Oniesha Branch was located in the city limits of Roanoke Rapids around 10 this morning and was placed in the Halifax County Detention Center under a $90,000 bond.
She was also served two outstanding orders for arrest. She has a court appearance Wednesday for the obstruction counts and March court dates for driving while license revoked and failure to comply with costs and fines.
Martin declined to discuss the motive in the case. “The circumstances behind this are very disturbing,” he said. “I’d rather not give a statement as to the motive but will just say our prayers go out to the family of Miss Branch and we hope they will be able to make some sense of what happened as they navigate through this.”
Martin said the police department continues to investigate and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department at 252-533-2810 or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.