Wallace man sentenced to life in prison for July 2012 murder

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Nashid Porter
Nashid Porter

A Wallace man has been sentenced to life in prison following his conviction on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a 32-year-old Wilmington man in July 2012.

Nashid Porter, 38, was convicted by a Pender County jury Thursday afternoon on charges of first-degree murder, discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm, according to Samantha Dooies, assistant to District Attorney Ben David. The trial began May 31 before Superior Court Judge Charles Henry. After firing four public defenders in the case, Porter was ordered to represent himself at the trial with the help of a stand-by public defender in Pender County.

Porter was charged with the death of 32-year-old Brian Theodus Grant at a home in the 900 block of North 30th Street in Wilmington on July 27, 2012.  Grant was found shot to death in the doorway of his girlfriend’s home.

Grant had a single gunshot wound to his face, according to Wilmington Police Department Detective Lee Odham. Investigators determined that at the time of Grant’s shooting death, Porter was staying at a home on North 30th Street, near the home where Grant’s body was found.

U.S. Marshals arrested Porter in Fayetteville in September 2012. He was held at the New Hanover County Jail until he posted bond Feb. 14, 2014. At that time, a judge ordered that Porter wear a GPS monitoring device while on pre-trial release.

Porter was arrested again by U.S. Marshals in November 2014 and was charged with the murder of a state’s key witness in the Grant case. The witness, 27-year-old Obediah Hester IV, was shot multiple times at an abandoned trailer on Wards Road on Nov. 14, 2014, according to Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Matt English. Prosecutors in Duplin County have said they are seeking the death penalty in that case.

Henry sentenced Porter to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday, as the defendant “chanted” in the courtroom, Dooies said. Porter is scheduled to appear July 8 in Duplin County Superior Court on a first-degree murder charge in Hester’s death.