Monday, November 29, 2021
Assault Death Leads To Upgraded Charges Of Second Degree Murder

Assault Death Leads To Upgraded Charges Of Second Degree Murder

Two men are now charged with Second Degree Murder for a Kinston assault that resulted in a death.

On May 2nd, Kinston Police officers responded to a report of persons tampering with motor vehicles on the 100 block of W. Gordon Street.  Once at the scene, officers found 57-year-old Jeffery Hill of Kinston suffering from severe injuries to his head and face.  Hill later passed away at Vidant Medical Center.

41-year-old Clinton W. Christmas of Raleigh and 45-year-old Joseph D. Hughes of Kinston were originally charged with Assault Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury for their alleged involvement in this case.  Last week, The Kinston P.D. obtained the additional warrants on Christmas and Hughes for Second Degree Murder.

Christmas has since turned himself in for the new charge.   Hughes was arrested on the new warrant in Goldsboro on Wednesday.

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