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Charges filed in death of John St. man

By Nick Hiltunen
Published in News on March 1, 2009 2:00 AM

Nathan Hales Faison

Police say a 45-year-old man beat a North John Street man, leading to the victim's death on Nov. 17 and involuntary manslaughter charge filed on Friday.

The death of Gerald Anthony King was originally classified as a death investigation by Investigator Dwayne Dean because the cause of death was not immediately apparent.

Now, police say that Nathan Hales Faison, 45, is responsible for King's death, and have charged him with involuntary manslaughter.

Goldsboro police say that Faison beat King, and the injuries caused his death.

When autospy results came back, police learned that King's death was a result of trauma to the head, Goldsboro Sgt. Chad Calloway said.

The police news release said that King had "developed a medical condition directly related to the assault," which Calloway explained meant trauma to King's head, allegedly inflicted by Faison.

"What it means is that he had an injury (related to) the assault," Calloway said. "During the autopsy, it was deemed that the head injury caused his death."

Faison was jailed under a $5,000 bond for the involuntary manslaughter, and has a first appearance scheduled for March 2 in Wayne County District Court, police said.

Before King's death, he had been found near death at his home on Nov. 17 by relative Garland King of North Hills Drive, New Bern.

Police said that King later died at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

On Nov. 19, Goldsboro police were contacted by New Bern police about the incident, investigators said.

The State Medical Examiner's office was already involved, having contacted the New Bern police who later communicated the crime to Goldsboro authorities.

Faison, of East Walnut Street, was arrested Friday on the involuntary manslaughter charge, a Class D felony that could result in between three to 15 years incarceration, according to state law.