Shooting suspect arrested in Pitt

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Deonte Stokley


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A 28-year-old Pitt County man wanted in connection with the recent shooting of his stepfather in the Newland area was apprehended Tuesday in Pitt County, the Pasquotank County sheriff said.

Deonte Stokley of Winterville was taken into custody by the Greenville Police Department's violent criminal apprehension team and the State Bureau of Investigation's fugitive and missing person task force, Pasquotank Sheriff Randy Cartwright said in a statement.

Stokley is expected to be charged in the shooting of his stepfather, Johnnie Johnson III, at Johnson’s residence in the 600 block of Crooked Run Road on April 14. The specific charges against Stokley are expected to include felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Cartwright said Stokley is being held in lieu of $500,000 secured bond, but didn't release any additional information about the case.

A second person, Racquel Gibbs, 34, of Winterville, has been charged with felony aiding and abetting a crime in Johnson’s shooting. She was released after posting a $25,000 secured bond. 

Johnson, meanwhile, was still being treated earlier this week at a Virginia hospital for a gunshot to his groin area. 

Cartwright has said Johnson’s shooting stemmed from a family dispute. However, Gibbs, who claims she’s Stokley’s ex-wife, has alleged that Stokley shot his stepfather because Johnson engaged in improper sexual contact with their 4-year-old daughter.   

Cartwright has acknowledged Gibbs made a complaint to his office but has declined to discuss its nature.

N.C. Public Safety records show Stokley, who’s on probation, has a history of prior convictions in three area counties, including Pasquotank. In 2008, he was sentenced to serve between six and eight months in prison after pleading guilty to accessory after the fact to involuntary manslaughter. Stokley was one of three men implicated in the death of a beer truck driver whose body was found in Elizabeth City in 2006.