Murder suspect makes first court appearance
By WECT Staff | January 4, 2021 at 11:48 AM EST – Updated January 5 at 4:29 PM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – A Wilmington woman will continue to be held without bond in connection with the Dec. 30 murder of Tywan Shaquille Parsley.
Rebecca Nicole Phillips, 25, is charged with first-degree murder after she and a 16-year-old male allegedly shot and killed Parsley in the 1000 block of South 13th Street.
Wilmington police say Phillips was arrested in Greenville N.C. Monday afternoon and later taken to the New Hanover County Jail.
During Phillips’ first court appearance Tuesday, a judge declined to hear arguments over whether to issue her a bond or not, and said that hearing will be scheduled for a later date. Phillips was appointed a lawyer from the Capital Defender’s Office.
The unidentified 16-year-old suspect was taken into custody in Kinston, NC on Saturday, officials say. He is currently being held without bond and will go through the juvenile justice process.
Phillips has prior felony drug and firearm convictions in Pitt County in 2017 and 2019, according to online records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
If you have any information regarding this investigation, contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910)-343-3609 or use the Wilmington, NC PD app for anonymous methods. Citizens can also text an anonymous tip to 847411 (tip411) by including the keyword WPDNC.
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