Bonds reduced in murder case

Staff report

ELIZABETHTOWN — Two individuals who are charged with the shooting death of a Tar Heel man in November had their bond reduced Thursday in Bladen County Superior Court by Judge D. Jack Hooks.

On Nov. 8, Darrell Dionte Council was shot and killed while in his car at the Dublin intersection of Twisted Hickory and Center roads at about 8:30 p.m. Council’s brother Antwan was a passenger in the car, but was not injured when two men approached the vehicle and began shooting. Council attempted to drive away, but his mortal injuries caused him to drive into a ditch and his brother went for help.

According to Bladen County sheriff’s investigators, four individuals were arrested and charged with the crime.

Christopher James Baldwin, Montise Arman Mitchell, Shanika Nicole Mitchell and D’Nazya Sade Downing were all charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle and/or felony conspiracy.

As the alleged shooters, Montise Mitchell’s bond remains at $3 million and Baldwin’s bond of $1 million, which had been requested to be denied, was left intact.

But Downing’s bond of $1 million was reduced Thursday to $500,000 and Shanika Mitchell’s bond of $1.75 million was also reduced to $500,000.

The state had requested that the two bonds be left unchanged and, in Baldwin’s case, had asked that the bond be increased to $2 million. Those three requests were subsequently denied after arguments.

Staff report

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