Murder suspect faces new charges

Published 7:24 pm Friday, May 20, 2011

WINDSOR – A Bertie County man already facing first degree murder charges has been indicted on additional counts.

Selran Leevron Watford, 23, was charged with first degree burglary, second degree rape and felony breaking and entering of a motor vehicle in connection with a September, 2009 incident in Windsor.

He was already in jail under no bond facing murder charges in connection with the death of Isaac Maurice Bland in February.  Watford is one of three people charged in that incident.

Bertie County Sheriff John Holley said a new law requires that those arrested for certain felonies must submit a DNA sample. Bertie County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Ed Pittman collected the sample upon Watford’s murder arrest and submitted it to the SBI Crime Lab.

Sheriff Holley said that in 2009, a female called the Bertie 9-1-1 Communications Center and reported her home had been burglarized and she had been raped by an unknown black male.

A rape kit was used and the DNA of an unknown male was collected as evidence. The DNA did not match any on file with the Crime Lab at that time.

“In March, we received a call that the DNA matched Selran Watford,” Sheriff Holley reported. “We then drew a true bill of indictment on charges stemming from that crime.”

Det. Sgt. Pittman handled the investigation and served the bill of indictment on Thursday.

In addition to the no bond he received for the murder charge, Watford now faces a $500,000 secured bond for the new charges. He remains in the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail.