Teen charged in murder

Michael Lee Harrell
Michael Lee Harrell

A teenager has been indicted for first degree murder – and was served with a charge of second degree murder on his birthday.

Michael Lee Harrell was indicted for second degree murder by a Columbus County Grand Jury, according to the sheriff’s office. He was already in custody for the July 10 stabbing of David Len Ward, 30, at Ward’s Rico Road home.

Harrell reportedly drove Ward to Columbus Regional and left him at the emergency room around 3 a.m. He was dead on arrival, and had sustained multiple stab wounds.

A short time later, the sheriff’s office said, Columbus County 911 received a call from the then-17 year old Harrell who advised that he “had stabbed someone.” Deputies and Lake Waccamaw Police found him near the victim’s home in the 1300 block of Rico Road. 

At the victim’s residence, deputies found signs of “an altercation” as well as the Chevrolet Tahoe with a blood-stained interior that had been used to transport Ward.

Harrell was held in the New Hanover Juvenile Detention Center since he was 17 when he was arrested. When the true bill was returned by the grand jury, he was served as an adult. His bond was set at $500,000.

A motive in the slaying has not been released.

Harrell listed his home address as 103 Lake Tree Blvd., Spring Lake.

  • Carey Benton

    Carey Benton

    September 14, 1939 ~ January 30, 2021 Carey Benton, age 81 of Lake Waccamaw, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville, N.C.. Carey was born on September 14, 1939 in [Read More]
  • Jacqueline-Lynn-Landreth

    One charged in Landreth killing

    Developing story One man has been charged with the killing of a Clarkton woman missing since Feb. 8. Timothy Ray Cain II, of 641 Merritt Road, Chadbourn was charged with murder and armed robbery on [Read More]
  • Robert Eugene Cox

    Robert Eugene Cox

    April 25, 1943 ~ February 23, 2021 Robert Eugene Cox, 77, of Chadbourn, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, following a recent illness. A celebration of life service will be scheduled when safe [Read More]
  • Doris (Ward) Formyduval

    Doris (Ward) Formyduval

    August 31, 1938 ~ February 26, 2021 Doris Ward Formyduval, age 82 of Whiteville went to her Heavenly home on Friday, February 26, 2021 at Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville. A graveside service will be held [Read More]
  • Jefferson Weaver

    The daffodils on the ditchbank

    For nearly a year, it lay waiting. Half-covered by rank grass, half-shaded by the scrub oaks and desperate pines, shielded from traffic by little more than a half-hearted blackberry bramble and a ditch, the jonquil [Read More]
About Jefferson Weaver 443 Articles
Jefferson Weaver is the managing editor of columbuscountynews.com and news director for WTXY radio. He can be reached at 910.632.4965, or by email at jeffersonweaver@columbuscountynews.com.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply