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Charges filed in Nov. 4 stabbing death

By Lee Williams
Published in News on November 14, 2006 1:45 PM

Wayne County sheriff's officials arrested a Pikeville woman in connection with a bloody brawl that claimed the life of 45-year-old Jose Enriquez III.

Mary Kim Little, 27, of Johnston Avenue, Pikeville, faces charges of second-degree murder in connection with Enriquez's death. She was being held on a $50,000 bond.

"Participation in drugs played a role in the victim's death," said Sgt. Mike Kabler, who is the lead investigator in the case.

Ms. Little's charges stem from a fight that broke out at Enriquez's home. Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to Enriquez's home at 105 Tindale Place about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 4 and discovered four people including Ms. Little, Enriquez, Leland Daniel Underhill of Pikeville and Billy Capps Jr. of Pikeville had been assaulted.

Ms. Little had been pushed. Enriquez and Underhill had been stabbed, and Capps had been struck in the head during a fight that was described by some as a free-for-all.

Ms. Little apparently stabbed Enriquez, and Capps stabbed Underhill, Wayne County Sheriff's Office Chief Detective Capt. George Raecher said.

All four victims were taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital. Enriquez did not survive the attack. Underhill was treated and released, officials said.

Capps, 27, also faces one count of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill, inflicting serious injury. He was being held at the Wayne County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

Capps was recently collared during a drug round-up conducted Sept. 26 by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad. He was accused of selling drugs to an undercover drug agent and at Charles B. Aycock High School in Pikeville. Capps denied the drug allegations.

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said sorting out who did what was difficult in the case. Winders said he appreciates all of the hard work of the investigators.

"This is a true tragedy when something like this happens," Winders said.

"It does not only affect the persons involved, but it has serious repercussions on friends, family and loved ones."