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Two men arrested in Kinston murder, connected to Pitt County shootings

Gregory Alexander Cogdell Jr. (Kinston Police Department photo)

GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Two Pitt County men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a man Monday. Officials said they were also involved in three shootings that happened in Pitt County, including two last weekend.

Joshua Hykeem Joseph, 19 of Grifton, and Acor Markivious Jones, 21 of Greenville, were arrested Wednesday by the Pitt County Sheriff's Office. They were each charged in the murder of Omar Leander Langley, 30, of Ayden. He was found shot in his vehicle near the intersection of Vernon and McLewean Streets in Kinston. Langley was pronounced dead a short time later.

Later Thursday, Kinston Police announced a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Gregory Alexander Cogdell Jr. for the murder of Langley. Cogdell, 24, has a last known arrest of 3604 Brann Road in Grifton.

If anyone has information on Cogdell's location, call the TIPS Line at (252) 939-4020 or Lenoir County Crime Stoppers at (252) 523-4444. A reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for information that leads to the arrest of Cogdell.

Kinston Police Chief Alonzo Jaynes said they believe Langley's murder was targeted and that each of the shootings were connected between Langley, Joseph and Jones.

A press conference with Greenville Police, the Pitt County Sheriff's Office and Kinston Police was held Thursday afternoon where the arrests and details were announced.

Officials said Joseph had a warrant against him in the Sheetz shooting at 2521 N. Memorial Drive that happened in Greenville on April 9. Earlier that night, another shooting were reported at the Night Train bar in Bethel.

Deputies came to the bar around 3:20 a.m. and began clearing the crowd. At 3:35 a.m., deputies along with Greenville Police went to the Sheetz location and found Theurenzo Elizondo Speight, 29, with a gunshot wound to the leg. He was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Deputies later found out Damien Leon Lovett, 39, was shot at the Night Train bar and was also at Vidant Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the thigh.

Surveillance video from Sheetz was released a day later and a warrant for Joseph's arrest was issued. Joseph was arrested and Jones' arrest came a short time later.

Before that, officials said there was a shooting at 13 South on March 26 as deputies with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office were clearing out the crowd. They heard shots fired and later received information that Jones was at Vidant Medical Center with serious injuries from an assault related to a dispute.

Jones was uncooperative with officials about that shooting.

No information has been released on where Joseph and Jones were taken once they were arrested and there's no word on their bond. Additional charges are expected.

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