Pair charged in baseball bat death of NC teenager

Renesha Lagina-Ann Bryant, left, and Douglas Dontay Peterson. (Pender County Sheriff's Office)

BURGAW, N.C. (WECT) — A man and a woman were charged with first-degree murder in Pender County following an incident in which a teenager died from head trauma.

Douglas Dontay Peterson, 19, of Rose Hill, and Renesha Lagina-Ann Bryant, 20, of Wallace, were each charged with first-degree murder. Both are being held without bond at the Pender County Jail.

On Thursday, deputies from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a disturbance involving weapons at the Willard Outreach Organization located at 9955 NC Hwy 11 in Willard.


“Somebody hit my cousin with a baseball bat. And he’s bleeding right now, he can’t move,” a 911 caller told dispatch officials. The caller then explained that the person who hit his cousin left and he didn’t know who they were.

Upon arrival, deputies located 18-year-old Antonio Logan of Willard suffering from severe head trauma. Logan was transported by ambulance to Pender Memorial Hospital, then airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Logan died earlier Friday morning from injuries sustained in the assault.


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