Suspect in fatal Wilson stabbing turns himself in, police say

Rashemell Pete-Melvin Freeman (Wilson Police Department)


WILSON, N.C. (WNCN) — A homeless Wilson man wanted in connection with a fatal stabbing that occurred Thursday morning turned himself in on Friday, Wilson police said.

RELATED: Wilson police searching for homeless man charged with murder in Thursday morning stabbing

Rashemell Pete-Melvin Freeman, 35, was wanted in connection with the stabbing death of Joseph Cornell Bullock, 36, that occurred in the 800 block of Woodrow Street.

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Around 1:35 a.m., police were called by staff at Wilson Medical Center to alert them to a stab victim who had showed up at the hospital. Bullock died despite treatment.

Police had been looking for Freeman until he turned himself in to officers at the Wilson Police Department.

The incident happened 5 days before Freeman was due in court.

Court records show Freeman was out of jail on a reduced bond for an attempted charge murder that happened in December.

Freeman was initially given a $110,000 bond but in April, that bond was drastically cut down to $10,000 and Freeman was released.

Judge Wayne Boyette signed off on the reduced bond.

He says there was never a bond hearing, but it was an agreement made between the district attorney’s office and Freeman’s attorney.

Boyette said what happened is a tragedy. He says the district attorney’s office didn’t think they had a strong case against Freeman.

Freeman was charged with robbery in 2003 and was wanted in New York on weapons charges.

New York police chose not to have him extradited.

CBS North Carolina reached out the Wilson County District Attorney’s office to ask why they agreed to lower Freeman’s bond, but haven’t heard back.

Freeman is being held in the Wilson County Detention Facility under no bond. His first court appearance is set for Friday.

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