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Dropped glasses allow state to confirm DNA in murder case, killer sentenced to minimum 23 years

Rashaun Dewayne Nugent (Port City Daily/Courtesy Ben David)
Rashaun Dewayne Nugent (Port City Daily/Courtesy Ben David)

WILMINGTON — A 23-year-old Wilmington man has pled guilty to second-degree murder Rashaun Dewayne Nugent will serve a minimum of 23 years behind bars for the murder of Lavar Demond Riley, II.

“Nugent also admitted to being in possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony. In the early morning hours of April 29, 2016, Nugent’s brother, Christopher Wigfall, approached Riley near the victim’s parents’ home and business on Orange Street. Wigfall left the area and returned with Nugent a short time later, according to District Attorney Ben David in a press release.

“Wigfall had a verbal disagreement with Riley, and Nugent shot the victim. Riley later succumbed to the injury. As the offenders fled the area, Nugent’s glasses fell to the ground and were left behind. Analysis at the North Carolina Crime Lab confirmed that DNA from the glasses was consistent with the known DNA profile of Nugent,” David concluded.

Co-defendant Christopher Wigfall’s charges are still pending.


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