NC families seek justice for teen shot by trooper and mom found dead in prison

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Two North Carolina families are asking the state attorney general for help as they seek justice for their family members.


They rallied outside Roy Cooper’s office Saturday afternoon to ask for help in two cases.

Deriante Miller, 18, was shot and killed by a state trooper in Kinston in March.

Dominique Worrell, 26, of Raleigh was the mother of two young children. Worrell was found dead in her Southern Correctional Institution prison cell in Troy a year ago.

Her death was deemed a suicide, but family members said they have not been given a death certificate.

Dominique’s mother, Gloria, told CBS North Carolina, “I want to get justice for my daughter, and I feel like nothing has been done.  It’s been a year (Friday), and I was waiting for a year.  Since nothing has happened, I am ready to go in another direction.”

CBS North Carolina contacted Cooper for a statement, but have not yet heard back.

It’s been five months since Miller was shot after a trooper said Miller was running and pointing a gun at him. Witnesses say that’s not true.

The SBI turned over its investigation to the District Attorney’s Office 5 weeks ago and, so far, no decision has been reached on possible charges.

Thursday afternoon, the Pitt County Coalition Against Racism and  the Kinston-Lenoir County Justice Coalition delivered a letter to District Attorney Matthew Delbridge.

They say they want justice after six-year veteran trooper William Hardison fatally shot Miller.

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