Arrest made in Lewiston Woodville murder

Published 5:27 pm Friday, November 10, 2023

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An arrest was made this morning (Friday) for a homicide that occurred Oct. 25 on Pine Street in Lewiston Woodville.

Michael Thompson

Bertie County Sheriff Tyrone Ruffin said that 19-year-old Michael Thompson of Lewiston Woodville was arrested this morning in Hampton, VA by the Hampton Police Department Swat Team and the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office investigators.

Thompson is charged in the death of 23-year-old Demetrice Futrell. Deputies with the Bertie County Sheriffs Office responded to the area of Pine Street in Lewiston Woodville shortly past 1 p.m. on Oct. 25 in reference to a person suffering from a gunshot wound. Upon law enforcement’s arrival, Futrell was found deceased.

Investigators with the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina SBI investigated the incident and obtained arrest warrants for Thompson.

“It breaks my heart to see our young people who have not experienced life to cut their lives short. Whether it is spending the rest of their lives behind bars, or in a grave, the question is, is it worth it,” Sheriff Ruffin said.

“As Sheriff along with other community leaders, we have dedicated our time to make our community and county a better place and we want Bertie County to be known for positive things,” Ruffin added. “My team and I will continue to use proactive strategies to reduce gun violence in our county.”

Ruffin thanked his deputies and investigators for their professional, efficient, and effective works. He also thanked the North Carolina SBI, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Windsor Police Department, District Attorney Kim Scott and the Prosecutorial District 7 team, and to the Hampton Police Department for their assistance in this case.