WILMINGTON — Arriving in a wheelchair, Joseph Corbett, the man wanted for a broad-daylight murder on Tuesday, made his first appearance in court on Thursday morning after being arrested by U.S. Marshals.
Corbett appeared before 5th District Judge Richard Russell Davis in a wheelchair, his left hand and thumb visibly bandaged. Corbett appeared anxious and shaken as Assistant District Attorney Connie Jordan listed his prior convictions, including felony possession and failure to appear in New Hanover County. Jordan said Corbett also faces charges in other states, but she did not elaborate.
Judge Davis told Corbett that he would face the death penalty if convicted of the murder of Shantell Denise Williams, 42, of Wilmington. Corbett declined to comment when Davis asked him if he had anything to say for himself.
No bond was issued in the case and Corbett was remanded to the custody of the New Hanover Correctional Center, according to court officials. Davis indicated a capital defender will be assigned to Corbett. No date has been set for trial.
According to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linday Rawley Thompson, Corbett’s hand was injured in an altercation with his girlfriend prior to his arrest; Corbett’s thumb was apparently nearly severed. Port City Daily has reached out to the Raleigh U.S. Marshals office to determine if Corbett was further injured during the arrest.