Man charged in friend's stabbing death
By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
A Greenville-area man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a friend west of town early Tuesday, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Melvin Lee Tyson Jr., 48, died at the scene from a stab wound to the lower abdomen, Maj. Paula Dance said during a news conference at the sheriff’s office on Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened at 1740 Kathryn Lane shortly before 5 a.m.
Alvin Jerome Tyson Jr., 30, 1488 Kathryn Lane, has been charged with an open count of murder, Dance said. The men are not related but were good friends, she said.
Dance said deputies have reason to believe alcohol was involved in the altercation. Kathryn Lane is located off of Stantonsburg Road west of Mozingo Road.
Alvin Tyson was jailed at the Pitt County Detention Center under no bond.
Neighbors who spoke to the Daily Reflector on Tuesday evening said Melvin was like a friendly person who always wanted to help others.
“He was a real good guy,” neighbor Vonzetta May said. “A lot of kids stayed over at his house, played in his yard, help him cut grass.”
May said Melvin loved to pitch in and help neighbors with anything and everything, including raking leaves.
“He would see us raking the yard and he would come out and help us. It’s hurtful and eerie to come home and not see him under the carport waving at you.”
Neighbor Anne Johnson, whose family has known Melvin Tyson for many years, is stil trying to cope with the news of his death.
“I think we’re all still in shock,” Johnson said. “We just can’t believe it. We have cried and I look over there and keep expecting him to walk out any time. My kids have cried all day. It’s just really sad. Other kids have cried too. He had an impact on everybody. It’s just a profound loss.”
Local children knew him as Mean Melvin, the jokester who loved everyone.
“He always kept things going,” Johnson said. “He always called himself mean Melvin but he was the sweetest man. It was just a joy to see him outside and walk out to him.”
Johnson said her three children will miss planting flowers with Melvin and working in his garden.
“He’s got flowers everywhere,” she said. “He would give my three kids flowers and they would bring them home and he’d tell them how to plant them. He’d help the little boys put air in their tires, just different things. All of the kids loved Melvin.”
Johnson said Alvin and Melvin were good friends who would hang out all the time.
“I’ve seen Alvin over there many many times and I do know they were friends. It’s just sad, even if it was alcohol-related, that’s no reason to kill your friend.”
Fighting back tears, Johnson said she and her neighbors will try to remember the good times they had with Melvin Tyson.
“He was a good neighbor, a good friend and a good man. That’s something that will carry on with me or the rest of my life,” she said.
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