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Two charged in deadly U.S. 264 shooting returned to Pitt County

Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 6:04 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 22, 2021 at 4:52 PM EDT
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PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Two men who were nabbed in Georgia for a Pitt County murder are now back to face the charges.

Deshawn Bryant, 19, and Jyjuan Crawford, 21, were charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle.

They were caught in Alpharetta, Georgia earlier this month and brought back to Pitt County on Friday.

Shaolyn Godley was gunned down on U.S. 264 in the area of Staton Road around 5:20 p.m. on March 1st.

Deputies say Godley and two others were in a gray Pontiac Grand Am and abandoned it on the side of the highway. The 20-year-old man and the others in the car tried to run as they were being shot at by those inside another vehicle. Godley was hit by the gunfire and later died at Vidant Medical Center.

Bryant was given a $3.715 million bond, while Crawford received a $3.7 million bond. The two remain in jail on the charges.

Deshawn Bryant (L) and Jyjuan Crawford (R)
Deshawn Bryant (L) and Jyjuan Crawford (R)(Pitt County Sheriff's Office)

MARCH 8TH UPDATE

Two people have been charged with last Monday’s deadly shooting on a Pitt County highway.

Deshawn Bryant, 19, and Jyjuan Crawford, 21, have been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Shaolyn Godley was gunned down on U.S. 264 in the area of Staton Road around 5:20 p.m. on March 1st.

Deputies say Godley and two others were in a gray Pontiac Grand Am and abandoned it on the side of the highway. The 20-year-old man and the others in the car tried to run as they were being shot at by those inside another vehicle. Godley was hit by the gunfire and later died at Vidant Medical Center.

Sheriff Paula Dance explained that people in the car with Godley knew they were being followed, and in an attempt to get away, they damaged the Grand Am, disabling it.

The two Greenville men were arrested Saturday in Alpharetta, Georgia, and are awaiting their return to Pitt County to face charges.

Deputies say Crawford also goes by the name of Jyjuan Barr.

No motive has yet been released for the shooting.

MARCH 2ND STORY

A man has died after a shooting on a busy Pitt County highway during rush hour.

It happened around 5:20 p.m. Monday on U.S. 264 in the area of Staton Road.

Deputies say Shaolyn Godley and two others were in a gray Pontiac Grand Am and abandoned it on the side of the highway. The 20-year-old man and the others in the car tried to run as they were being shot at by those inside another vehicle. Godley was hit by the gunfire and later died at Vidant Medical Center.

Sheriff Paula Dance explained that the car with Godley inside knew they were being followed, and in an attempt to get away from that vehicle, they damaged their own vehicle, disabling it.

Witnesses told deputies it appears the victims were targeted and that this was not a random act of violence.

The sheriff said they don’t yet have a motive for the murder.

No arrests have been made in the shooting of Godley, and deputies ask anyone with information on this murder should call the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 902-2670.

This car was part of the crime scene.
This car was part of the crime scene.(WITN)

MONDAY STORY

Eastbound lanes of U.S. 264 just outside of Greenville are back open after being shut down for hours Monday after reports of a shooting.

Multiple law enforcement and rescue vehicles blocked the busy highway across from the DSM plant.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. Deputies put up crime scene tape in an area just past the Coca-Cola bottling plant. It appears the shooting happened on the highway and there is a car as part of the crime scene.

The sheriff’s office says one person was taken to the hospital.

Further details have not yet been released.

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