Man wanted for questioning in Columbus County triple murder in custody

Man wanted for questioning in Columbus County triple murder in custody

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A man wanted by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office for questioning in a triple murder earlier this month has been taken into custody.

Marquez Montrell Cherry, 23, of Whiteville, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Lumberton on Sept. 17 and later booked into the Columbus County Detention Center.

Cherry was wanted on unrelated charges of possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, and resisting a public officer after deputies executed a search warrant at a home on Twin Pines Road on Sept. 9. Deputies seized an undisclosed amount of cocaine and multiple guns during the search.

He was given a $80,000 bond.

Cherry is one of two men wanted for questioning in the shooting deaths of a 5-year-old boy and his parents on Brittany Lane on Sept. 7 in Columbus County. Leonel Ciprian Noyola, his wife, Nancy Trujillo Espinoza, and his son, Alexis Trujillo, were found dead inside their home.

Authorities are still looking for Jonathan Walter Watts, 37, of Whiteville, who is also wanted for questioning in the fatal shootings of the three family members.

Jonathan Watts
Jonathan Watts (Source: CCSO)

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