Gray convicted of murder, sentenced to life in prison
The second man charged in the shooting death of a Bladen County man more than two years ago was found guilty Thursday in Bladen County Superior Court and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Ernest Raysean Gray, 26, of Clarkton, was convicted of first degree murder and discharging a weapon into an occupied property. The jury of eight women and four men deliberated about three hours before reaching their decision.
Twasjay Roddreek Brown, 23, of Elizabethtown, was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in February in Bladen County Superior Court.
The men were found guilty in the murder of 23-year-old Malcolm Jerome Brown in October 2014 at a mobile home on Sammy Lane in a park off N.C. 242 north of Elizabethtown. Melvin was shot in the head shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 28, 2014, when he opened his front door, according to authorities.
According to testimony, Melvin and his girlfriend were awakened about 2:25 a.m. by loud knocks on the door of their home. When Melvin answered the door, a dozen shots were fired, one which struck Melvin in the head, killing him instantly.
During the investigation, Bladen County Sheriff’s detectives found a cell phone belonging to Brown and a wallet belonging to Gray at the scene, according to testimony.