Murder investigation remains active

Published 11:40 am Wednesday, March 23, 2011

COLERAIN – The second anniversary of the murder of a Colerain man has his family remembering him and longing for the capture of his killer.

Larry Harrell was found shot to death in a home in Colerain just hours after another Colerain man, Ned Freeman, was shot at a neighboring residence March 22, 2009. Freeman recovered from his injuries. Both shootings remain unsolved.

Harrell’s daughter, Cashonda Harrell, lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but grew up in Colerain. She said she was still hoping for the person responsible for her father’s death would be brought to justice.

“There are family members, including myself, who would like to see some resolution in this case,” she said. “Colerain is a small town; somebody knows something about this murder.”

The Bertie County Sheriff’s Office is still actively working to solve the case.

“The investigation is still open and we’re still working the case,” Detective Sgt. Ed Pittman of the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office said. “We are following each lead that comes to us.”

Cashonda Harrell said she believed there was more to the story than anyone knew.

“It’s really sad,” she said. “There’s so much fishy stuff to this story, I don’t think the (Bertie) Sheriff’s Office is doing enough to find the person responsible. I’m going to keep calling them (Sheriff’s Office) and you (the newspaper) until we get an answer, until someone is arrested.”

Bertie County Sheriff John Holley said he understood Harrell’s grief for her father and her interest in seeing someone arrested, but also stressed the case was being actively worked.

“We understand that family members want this to happen quickly,” Sheriff Holley said. “We are working diligently. We have definitely not forgotten this case and it’s not even on the back burner.”

Sheriff Holley was serving as Chief Deputy when the incident occurred, but said he was on the scene during the investigation and was familiar with the case.

He said the case had not grown cold and that it was being worked regularly.

“We have actually picked up additional evidence recently and submitted it to the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Crime Lab,” he said. “We are working the case and getting help from the SBI as we move forward.”

To the person who may know something about this case, Ms. Harrell had these words, “You can’t keep this information to yourself but so long. It will eat you up.

“I loved my dad; I came back every year to see him and it hurts to know that he’s not there anymore,” she continued. “My four-year-old daughter keeps asking me, ‘mommy, where’s your daddy’?”

Sheriff Holley said he would also encourage anyone with information about the case to call and provide it.

“If someone is out there with information about this case, I would ask them to please share that information,” he said. “We don’t need names, we need information and I would ask that anyone that has it would call us.”

Those wishing to provide information about the case may call the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office at 794-5330 or call Sheriff Holley directly at 724-1681.