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Pender Co. man found guilty of murder in 2019 shooting

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 11:34 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A man has been found guilty of murder in connection to a 2019 shooting in Pender County.

Jamie Coleman was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday.

“I can tell you that since the moment that case happened, our office was notified, we’ve been working very closely with the Pender Sheriff’s Office on it and we fought in every way we knew how to get justice in this case. This is a very tough last ten days and we are pleased that the jury has returned a verdict and we respect the verdict,” said Ben David, district attorney for New Hanover and Pender Counties.

On April 21, 2019, someone called 911 around 12:30 a.m. to report shots fired and two injuries on Halfway Branch School Road in Ivanhoe. When deputies responded, they found two people dead.

The sheriff’s office identified the individuals as Marcus Lamont Coleman, 36, of Castle Hayne, and Dakota Ontaria Moore Jr., 30, of Harrells.

A week later, Jamie Coleman surrendered to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office and was charged with first-degree murder in connection with Moore’s death. A second suspect, Eric Jamel Pigford, is also facing a first-degree murder charge in Moore’s death.

Law enforcement has released few details surrounding the shooting, but did say no one will be charged in connection with Marcus Coleman’s death.

At one point, prosecutors were considering the death penalty for Coleman but that has since been dropped, a spokesperson for the District Attorney’s Office said

District Attorney Ben David, following Jamie Coleman’s initial court appearance on the murder charge in 2019, did add that Marcus and Jamie Coleman are both brothers, and Jamie Coleman and Pigford are first cousins.

Pigford’s next court appearance on the murder charge will be Aug. 13, online court records indicate.

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