05/26/05 — More arrests made in Mount Olive murder

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More arrests made in Mount Olive murder

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on May 26, 2005 1:45 PM

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive Police have arrested five more suspects in connection with the May 16 death of Russell L. Nickelson in Mount Olive.

The five suspects were each charged with one count of murder. All are being held in Wayne County Jail with no bond. The additional arrests came after an intensive investigation headed by Lt. Tommy Brown and Sgt. Jimmy Stephens, along with other officers of the Mount Olive Police Department.

Leach, Robert Jr

R. Leach

Leach, Willie

W.R. Leach

Leach, Clifton

C. Leach

Leach, RD

R. D. Leach

Leach, Jeffrey

J. Leach

Seaberry, Fennell


The five men arrested are Fennell Seaberry, 29, Willie Ray Leach, 38, Clifton Leach, 30 and Roderick Devon Leach, 26, all of Mount Olive, and Jeffrey Leach, 31, of Goldsboro.

Mount Olive police arrested Robert "Bobby" Leach May 17, in connection with the same murder.

Chief Emmett Ballree said police do not want to speculate on a motive for the murder at this time.

Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. The chief confirmed the victim appeared to have been assaulted and suffered from at least one gunshot wound when officers arrived on the scene.

"These arrests are the result of a very thorough and exhaustive investigation by this department, along with the cooperation and help from members of the community who were appalled by this vicious crime," the chief said. "We ask anyone that might have any additional information that might help in the investigation and prosecutions of this case please call the Mount Olive Police Department or Wayne County CrimeStoppers."

Ballree can be reached at 658-5031.