North Carolina Police: Man Arrested on Double Homicide Charges After 2 Bodies Found Inside Car with Toddlers

Eric Coley, 42, was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder after Rocky Mount police found two bodies in a car. (Photo: Rocky Mount Police Department)
Rocky Mount Police Department

A man was arrested Friday after being accused of shooting two adults inside a car that had also contained two toddlers in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, according to police.

Eric Coley, 42, was charged by authorities with two counts of first-degree homicide and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. The Rocky Mount Police Department stated they arrested Coley on the 2900 block of Avalon Road.

The two victims, Devone Brown, 28, and Destiny Wiggins, 24, were found shot to death by construction workers on Construction Drive at approximately 6:00 a.m. the same day, according to Police Chief Robert Hassell via ABC 11.

Two toddlers were also discovered in the vehicle’s backseat and they were taken to a local hospital to be checked since the car had been exposed to freezing temperatures overnight. After being evaluated and determined to be “doing well,” the children were reunited with their family.

According to the Rocky Mount Telegram, Coley had been previously convicted several times before he was accused of the double homicide:

State Public Safety records said Coley was convicted in 2013 in Edgecombe County for possessing stolen goods.

The records also said Coley was convicted in 2004 in Edgecombe County for assault inflicting serious bodily injury and in 1998 in Edgecombe County for attempted breaking and entering.

Coley is being held in the Nash County Detention Facility without bond, with his first court appearance scheduled for Monday. The investigation into the homicides is still ongoing and more charges may be filed.

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