Governor offers reward for information in Chadbourn murders

Leaders and investigators are hopeful the new incentive will encourage people who know something about the shooting to say something
Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 11:45 AM EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) - The State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting deaths of three people in Columbus County in July, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday.

Deonde Qwabe Sadler, 27, Mack Darren Jenkins Jr., 26, and Kameesha Daezhneka Powell, 21, were killed in the shooting on Broadway Road in Chadbourn on July 3 while a fourth person was injured.

Ever since the shooting, police have been searching for answers.

“We’ve Interviewed a lot of people during this investigation,” said Interim Chadbourn Police Chief Ken Elliott. “The SBI has taken a lead at our request and they have done numerous interviews and we’re following leads the entire time.”

Town council offered a reward of its own for people who come forward about the shooting, but town manager Jerome Chestnut says this was not bringing in a lot of tips.

Last month, Elliott reached out to the governor’s office for help, and the governor answered Wednesday with the potential $20,000 reward.

“I’m pretty sure that this will open up more of the investigation and more leads to come forward with this reward that’s being offered,” Elliott said. Chestnut said he was surprised because he did not believe the small town would receive this help from the state.

Leaders and investigators are hopeful the new incentive will encourage people who know something about the shooting to say something.

“Speak,” Chestnut said. “Tell the truth about what you know and let’s get some of these crimes solved.”

Anyone having information concerning this case should contact the Chadbourn Police Department at 910-654-4146 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.

Officers with the Chadbourn Police Department responded to 228 Broadway Street shortly after 3:30 a.m. on July 3. Warrants say the address is the location of Robert’s Club, an establishment law enforcement had responded to multiple times recently.

“This business has had several incidents to include call for service for shots fired and domestic assaults within the last 4 months,” the search warrants state.

A police officer said he saw multiple vehicles leaving the area as he responded to the call, and approximately 80 people, many screaming and yelling, were still at the scene when he arrived.

The search warrants state that 31 shell casings and 2 bullet fragments were among the items collected by law enforcement at the scene.

Meanwhile, the town is also focused on building a future free of violence.

“Our youth needs some projects that they can do to keep them off the streets and to show them that there is other things out there other than the way it’s been going,” Elliott said.

Police and the town continue the long search for justice.

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