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Warrants under seal in May shooting of EC teen

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Raymond Woodley Jr.

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By William F. West
The Daily Advance

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

ELIZABETH CITY — Details about the fatal shooting of an Elizabeth City teen in the Holly Street area last May are under court-ordered seal.

The District Attorney’s Office secured an order from Superior Court Judge J.C. Cole to keep search warrants obtained against Raymond Woodley Jr. from public view. Woodley, 19, was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder of Trevon Blount, also 19, on the evening of May 3.

According to Cole’s order, the court, after hearing arguments from the prosecution, concluded sealing the warrants is both reasonably necessary and appropriate for the proper administration of justice.

Additionally, Cole’s order said sealing the warrants is consistent with guaranteeing the state’s and Woodley’s legal rights in the case.

Court officials stamped Cole’s order to seal the documents on July 13.

A search warrant is a court order and process directing police investigators to search designated premises, vehicles or people and put in writing what was found. Such documents can include narratives from law enforcement officers or investigators about how an alleged crime occurred and what suspects and witnesses said while under questioning.

Attempts late last week to obtain information from District Attorney Andrew Womble about how long the warrants against Woodley are going to remain sealed were unsuccessful.

Law enforcement received a call at 9:26 p.m. on May 3 about a person having been shot and quickly used yellow crime scene tape to seal off Holly between West Colonial Avenue and Cedar Street.

Moments later, Central Communications radio traffic stated a male had been shot multiple times. Blount died at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center.

On May 11, police issued a news release saying officers had arrested Woodley, of the 700 block of Greenleaf Street.

Three days later, Woodley appeared before District Judge Amber Davis-Malarney, who set a $1 million cash bond and ordered the Public Defender’s Office to represent him.

On June 25, a Pasquotank County grand jury indicted Woodley.

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