DA hopes to try teen charged with murder of Benjamin Privott as adult

RAW: Juvenile arrested and charged in death investigation
Ben Privott (Source: YouCaring.com)
Ben Privott (Source: YouCaring.com)
The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is investigating the stabbing death of a man Friday morning. (Source: WECT)
The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is investigating the stabbing death of a man Friday morning. (Source: WECT)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David said his office is working to bind a juvenile accused of murdering 39-year-old Benjamin Privott to Superior Court to be tried as an adult.

Sheriff Ed McMahon was tight-lipped about the case during a press conference he held after the incident.

McMahon only revealed a 15 year old was arrested in connection to the death and was charged with first-degree murder. He was also charged with breaking and entering and attempted armed robbery.

The teen made his first court appearance Tuesday morning.

District Attorney Ben David will go before a judge at a transfer hearing scheduled for May 31. The judge will decide whether the 15-year-old boy will be tried as an adult.

Even though the suspect is off of the streets, neighbor Christian Burgess said he still feels uneasy.

"They may have caught that guy, and it was a random incident, but the fact it was a random incident doesn't mean it couldn't occur again," Burgess said.

Burgess and fellow neighbor Brad Landreth held a neighborhood meeting at Broomtail Brewery in hopes of starting a neighborhood watch organization.

"You can never be too careful," Landreth said. "It's been on my mind a lot, every night."

According to several residents of Kings Park, Privott was riding his bike while walking his dog when the stabbing occurred.

McMahon added that Privott was not acting criminally and was innocent at the time of his death. The sheriff said this was a "random, senseless act."

Privott was found the morning of April 22 off of Bracken Fern Road in the Wildflower community near the Kings Grant area just after 2 a.m. lying with a fatal stab wound in the front yard and road.

A woman who called 911 said Privott had been riding a bike and had been hit by a car. Later in the call she said there's a big cut in his chest.

No other details about the incident have been revealed.

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