Man accused in airport shooting scheduled for capacity hearing
By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, June 13, 2019
An August hearing has been scheduled to determine if a man accused of shooting and killing a man at the Pitt-Greenville Airport last year is competent to stand trial.
John Wesley Reid, 49, of 2496 Plumosa Drive, Grimesland, is accused of shooting and killing 52-year-old Joseph Pate of Beaufort County on Dec 16.
Police said Pate was shot shortly before 6 a.m. in front of the airport’s terminal entrance after he had arrived for his 7 a.m. flight. Pate died on the scene.
Reid was apprehended a short time later.
Reid’s case was discussed last week during several murder status hearings held at the Pitt County Detention Center. Murder status hearings allow judges and attorneys to discuss how a case is progressing and determine what steps are next and how long it will be before the case is ready for trial.
The purpose of Reid’s August hearing is to determine if he understood what he was doing at the time of the offense, Pitt County District Attorney Faris Dixon said.
“It’s presently set for Aug. 8, but of course that would depend on whether the examiner is available then,” Dixon said.
Dixon would not say who requested the hearing but said that the court, the state or the defense can do so if one believes a defendant is not competent to stand trial.
In another case, a co-defendant charged with murder in a 2013 fatal stabbing may be freed on bond while awaiting trial, pending a hearing scheduled next week.
Curtis Lamar Wade, 29, is one of four co-defendants charged in connection to the death of 22-year-old Steven Joseph Rouse.
Rouse was stabbed repeatedly during an altercation in a field near his home in the Park West apartments, near the medical district. He collapsed on the pavement near the loading dock of a Walmart Neighborhood Market. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Vidant Medical Center.
Co-defendant Michael Anthony O’Neal was convicted of second-degree murder on May 3 and sentenced to 31 years in prison. The cases of two other co-defendants, Chenitra Monae Gramby and Zataysia Taylor, have been continued to Oct. 3.
A trial date has not been set for Wade and Pitt County Assistant District Attorney Valerie Pearce said she is reviewing his bond motion.
“I’ll have to get in touch with the victim’s family and get their take on the bond,” Pearce said. “I know the case has been pending for some time. We just want to get things moving again and to get it set for trial. And I know that’s what the defense is wanting.”
Pearce said that bond motions are common.
“Clients don’t want to be sitting in jail,” she said. “So (defense attorneys) have to make those motions and do what their clients want and what’s in their client’s best interests.”
At the murder status hearing, Wade’s attorney, Ernest Conner, said his client needs to go back to work.
Wade is housed in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $2 million bond.
Trial dates and murder status hearings also were scheduled for the following defendants:
Lecarlos Jermaine Anthony: Murder status scheduled for July 11.
Nathan Wesley Boseman: Murder status scheduled for Aug. 8.
Manuel Lewis Diaz: Trial date scheduled for Jan. 22.
Charles Mikell Dickens: Murder status scheduled for Oct. 3.
George Quintin Knight, Jr.: Murder status scheduled for Aug. 8.
Kenquonis Niqua McKenzie: Trial date scheduled for Oct. 7. A murder status hearing on a separate case also is scheduled for McKenzie.
Christopher Lamont Mitchell: Murder status scheduled for Aug. 8.
Tarvaris Norville: Trial date scheduled for Nov. 12.
Jamal Byron Phillips: Murder status scheduled for Aug. 8.
Travis Daquan Roberson: Murder status scheduled for Oct. 3.
Antero Michael Rodriguez: Murder status scheduled for Oct. 7.
Johnavan Quaddique Spell: Murder status scheduled for July 11.
Justin Ross Summerville: Murder status scheduled for Aug. 8.
Floyd Terry Thorpe Jr.: Murder status scheduled for Aug. 8.
Devoshia Kreshun Tyson: Murder status scheduled for July 11.
Laquayvaious Tyson: Murder status scheduled for Aug. 8.
Octavius Yelverton: Murder status scheduled for Oct. 3.