Grand jury declines to indict man for August shooting in Manteo, other defendants still face charges

By on November 29, 2023

There will be no charges against an individual who shot and wounded a woman in what police characterized “an internal family feud” that “boiled over” on Sir Walter Raleigh Street in Manteo on Aug. 10, 2023.

According to Manteo Police Investigator Tony Corbin, that individual, who was not initially charged with an offense, will face no charges after a Dare County Grand jury recently declined to indict him.

Manteo Police declined to identify the man, but Corbin said the trip to the grand jury was to find out “whether they thought the shooter was justified in defending his property…There was enough leading up to the shooting [that] he felt like he had to defend his property.”

Corbin explained that the hostilities were initially ignited between juveniles and that adults then became involved.

The incident took place at on the 600 Block of Sir. Walter Raleigh St. and in a statement released immediately after the event, the Town of Manteo was quick to characterize it as “an isolated incident” that did not pose a “threat to the general public.”

There are still charges pending for other individuals involved in the incident. That includes five juveniles, who have been charged with simple affray, a misdemeanor. In addition, Kerveon Billups, a Manteo resident, has been charged with going armed to the terror of the public and disorderly conduct, which Corbin also said were misdemeanors.

And Venina Spencer, also of Manteo and the person who was shot and hospitalized for a time, has been charged with disorderly conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, also misdemeanors.

Those charges are still in effect as the defendants await their day in court, Corbin said.


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