Teen charged with attempted murder in Goldsboro robbery

Cornelius Deshrone Stewart (Wayne County Sheriff's Office)
Cornelius Deshrone Stewart (Wayne County Sheriff's Office)

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – A Clayton teen has been charged with attempted first-degree murder in the July shooting of a Goldsboro store clerk, the sheriff’s office said.

Cornelius Deshrone Stewart, 19, was arrested and charged in connection with the robbery of a store on U.S. 13 North in July.

According to authorities, the Handy Mart Store located at 2495 U.S. Highway 13 North in Goldsboro was robbed at gunpoint by three men on July 11.

Wayne County deputies responded to the store in reference to a call for assistance from the clerk who was closing up the store when the robbery occurred.

The clerk was in the process of closing up shop when the three men approached him and forced him at gunpoint to reenter the store. Surveillance video confirmed the clerk’s account of what happened, authorities said.

Once inside, the clerk was held at gunpoint while one of the men went behind the counter and removed lottery tickets and tobacco products. At some point during the robbery, the clerk tried escaping and the suspects began shooting at the clerk, hitting and injuring him.

Ervin Lee Waters, 19, was arrested Aug. 18 and charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and felony breaking and/or entering in connection with the Handy Mart robbery.

Another suspect in the case, Khalik Green, is still on the run, officials said.

Stewart has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and breaking and entering, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said.

He is being held on $510,000 bond.

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