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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

[NC] Now-fired Officer Jedele could face death penalty


...[Former Kitty Hawk police officer Raymond Christian] Jedele, 38, of Kill Devil Hills faces charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon...

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Former Kitty Hawk officer could face death penalty in slaying
The Virginian-Pilot
By Lauren King
January 23, 2008
HERTFORD COUNTYA former Kitty Hawk police officer could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder related to the October kidnapping and death of Donald Bradley Smithwick. Raymond Christian Jedele, 38, of Kill Devil Hills faces charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. A Nov. 27 order filed with the Hertford County Superior Clerk of Court indicates it would be tried as a capital murder case. Janet Denise Harrell, 33, of Chowan County faces charges of being an accessory after the fact to first-degree kidnapping, first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Harrell is Smithwick's ex-wife. Smithwick, 33, was reported missing Oct. 4 at about 6 a.m. by his wife, Sindi, who called police when she saw a man dressed in black accosting him in their yard, then drive away with Smithwick in his Dodge pickup... Jedele worked as a Kitty Hawk police officer from April 2006 to Oct. 9. He was initially placed on disciplinary suspension but was later fired, said Chief David Ward.
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