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Company grieves loss of coworker; offers reward

June 24, 2011 2 comments
Published: June 17, 2011
Updated: June 23, 2011 – 6:30 PM

KINSTONN.C. – Friends and coworkers are still grieving for 63-year-old Elwood Hill who was gun down outside Sutton’s Brick Company in Kinston last Friday.  They’re now offering a reward.

The days start early at Sutton’s Brick Company.

“Yeah, construction is an early business,” saidWatson Sutton, owner of Sutton’s Brick Company, but nowadays they start with one less.

“The guys just took whatever he had in his pockets that day,” said Sutton.

For company owner Watson Sutton, they took more than pocket change.  They took a life, a friend and a piece of his family.

“We interacted with each other all day and El would have been a part of the family my whole life,” saidSutton.

63-year-old Elwood Hill spent 40 of those years besideSutton and his family.

“He was real well liked.  People have been calling since Friday,” said Sutton.

Last Friday morning, Hilla company truck driver, was loading up his truck when someone approached him.

“To take someone’s life just to pick their pockets is shocking,” said Sutton.

The days following that Friday weren’t easy for Sutton, going into detail is still too much for him.  It wasn’t any easier for Hill’s wife and two sons.

“One’s 41 and the other’s 37, James and Michael.  He was very proud of his boys,” said Sutton.

Police are still investigating what Sutton’s calling an early morning mugging.  He says he hopes justice is served so that everyone can have some closure.

“You just keep going and take it one day at a time,” said Sutton.

Watson Sutton says by offering a $10,000 reward, he hopes someone comes forward with information that will lead to an arrest very quickly.

If you have any information, call the Kinston Police Department.

—Previous Story—Kinston Police investigating homicide of Sutton Brick employee

KINSTON, N.C.- It’s the third murder in Kinston in three weeks.  This time it’s a husband and father of two found shot to death where he works, right before father’s day weekend.  Kinston Police found 63-year-oldElwood Hill outside the Sutton Brick Company around six Friday morning.

It was 6:15 in the morning, a city sanitation crew making rounds at Sutton Brick, spotted a body lying in the gravel parking lot.

It was 63-year-old Elwood Hill.  Police say he appeared to have been robbed, shot and left to die.

“This type of crime disgusts me,” said Woody SpencerKinston Police Spokesperson.  “It’s very frustrating.”

Police are following up on leads, but there’s no sign of who did it.

Nine on Your Side talked with the owner, Watson Sutton off-camera.  He started tearing up as he talked about the man who worked here for 41 years.  He says Elwood Hill was the most admirable, honest, and hard-working man he ever met.

Sutton says Hill would usually come into work early, between 5:30 and 6 to load and deliver bricks.  Today, he only had one load to deliver before going to the beach with his wife.

“I mean what was the purpose you know,” asked Ed Harris.  Harris works at Bobby’s Auto across the street from Sutton Brick and considered Hill a friend.  “He’ll be across the street.  He’ll holler, I’ll hear somebody hollering my name.  He’ll wave and throw his hand up.”  Harris says he felt safe working where he does, until now.  “I thought that was very disturbing because I’ll be at this shop sometimes one or two o’clock in the morning and I’ll be down there by myself,” he said.  “The same thing could happen to me.  They really need to do something about this crime rate around here.”

“People, it seems these days are different than they were in the past,” said Spencer.  “That’s neither here nor there.  This person was murdered and we intend to find out who did it.”

We tracked down the criminal activity in Kinston this year.  Hill’s death is the fourth murder in Kinston since January.  There have also been 24 robberies and 233 assaults during that time, of those, 47 were assaults with a deadly weapon.

— Previous Story —

KINSTONN.C. – Police are investigating a homicide at Sutton Brick in Kinston.

Police Department PIO Woody Spencer tells Nine On Your Side that a Kinston Waste & Disposal crew found the body of 63-year old Elwood Hill Friday morning lying on the ground in the brick company’s gravel parking lot.

Hill was an employee at Sutton’s Brick.  Spencer says he had an apparent gunshot wound. Police tell 9OYS they are investigating a robbery they believe led to the shooting.

The Sutton’s Brick owner says Hill worked there for 41 years. The owner says Hill lives in Moss Hill outside ofKinston and has a wife and two sons who live out of state. Sutton’s Brick is located on the corner of Park Avenue and MLK Blvd. That’s beside Coastal Wholesale Grocery.

Investigators are on the scene. A red tarp has been hung to cover the crime scene.

Nine On Your Side’s Andrea Blanford is on the scene and will have more details as soon as they become available.



New Info: Kinston Police investigating homicide

Credit: Andrea Blanford
A red tarp covers the crime scene.
Kinston Police investigating homicide

Credit: Andrea Blanford
Kinston Police are on the scene of a homicide investigation.
Company grieves loss of coworker; offers reward

For company owner Watson Sutton, they took more than pocket change.

Trucker’s accused killer goes on trial

April 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Trucker’s accused killer goes on trial

Posted Monday April 4, 2011 1 week, 5 days ago

Michael Haydon

Michael Haydon is accused of killing Kolbe and Kolbe truck driver Pat Zemke as he slept in the cab of his truck on an Interstate 39 off-ramp in November 2003. Prosecutors believe Haydon shot Zemke because he wrongly believed that Zemke was having an affair with his ex-girlfriend. Haydon is serving a 25-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting the woman hours before the alleged murder.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) – A two-week jury trial will finally get underway today for a Plover man charged in a trucker’s death in November 2003.

Michael Haydon’s case has been delayed at least three times – most recently in January when a Portage County judge agreed to give a defense DNA expert more time to prepare.

The 44-year-old Haydon is accused of fatally shooting Kolbe and Kolbe trucker Pat Zemke as he slept in the cab of his truck on a highway off-ramp on November 18, 2003. Prosecutors say Haydon killed Zemke out of mistaken identity, wrongly believing that Zemke was having an affair with his ex-girlfriend. Haydon is also accused of stealing Zemke’s wallet after the murder.

A jail inmate testified in a preliminary hearing in March 2009 that Haydon confessed to the murder while the two shared a cell in the Marathon County jail in 2008.

Haydon is serving a 25-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend hours before the alleged murder.

Judge Thomas Flugaur has ruled that prosecutors can use DNA evidence from dog hairs found on Zemke’s shirt. Prosecutors say the hairs came from the same breed of dog that Haydon owned.

But testing also found that hairs from three police dogs at the scene have similar characteristics known as halotypes to Haydon’s dog or his ex-girlfriend’s dog. That allows the defense to raise the possibility that the hairs in question came from the police dogs rather than a dog that Haydon had contact with.

Haydon cannot use a third-party defense at the trial. Flugaur ruled that the person Haydon named may have had a similar motive but did not have the opportunity to kill Zemke. Flugaur also found no direct evidence linking that person to the crime.

Conviction upheld for brothers who killed Richmond man at Oakland taco truck

January 31, 2011 1 comment

Conviction upheld for brothers who killed Richmond man at Oakland taco truck

Bay City News

Posted: 01/27/2011 07:10:38 AM PST
Updated: 01/27/2011 07:19:19 AM PST


SAN FRANCISCO — A state appeals court has upheld the convictions and sentences of life in prison without parole for two brothers who robbed and killed a Richmond man as he bought a burrito at a taco truck in Oakland in 2008.

Deandre and Darryl Hill were 18 and 21 when they robbed and fatally shot Abel Martinez Mejia, 41, a truck driver and father of four, as he bought a $5 burrito on Jan. 22, 2008.

According to evidence at their Alameda County Superior Court trial, Deandre Hill demanded Mejia’s money at gunpoint and Darryl Hill, who also had a gun, shot him five times.

Both were convicted in October 2008 of committing first-degree murder during the course of a robbery and were sentenced in 2009 to life in prison without possibility of parole.

A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeal in San Francisco unanimously upheld the convictions.

The panel rejected the brothers’ appeal claims that they should have been tried separately and that there were errors in jury instructions at their trial.