Man guilty in murder

Published 10:07 pm Thursday, April 2, 2015

By Tracy Agnew and Matthew A. Ward

Guilty verdicts for the third man in a trio of conspirators who murdered a man in his Holland-area home were handed down Wednesday evening.

Cassius Quamaine Norfleet, 25, was found guilty on charges of first-degree murder, attempted robbery, shoot, stab, cut or wound, possession of a weapon while a convicted felon, statutory burglary and three counts of using a firearm in the commission of those crimes.

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A jury found Norfleet guilty after about four hours of deliberation in the trial that started Monday, said Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Will Jamerson, who prosecuted the case with Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Susan Walton.

Jamerson said the case was built on the testimony of two co-defendants who previously pleaded guilty, Akeem Deshawn Lee Lassiter and Michael Jamil Eason, both of Sunbury, N.C. They are awaiting sentencing.

Their testimony was corroborated by an independent witness who did not see the crime but was present when the conspiracy to rob somebody was first discussed, Jamerson said. That person has not been charged.

Walton said Norfleet and three others traveled from North Carolina to the home of William Kendale Jordan, 27, early in the morning of Dec. 17, 2012. They were armed and intending to commit a robbery.

But when Norfleet and Eason entered the home on Dutch Road, she said, Norfleet, of Gatesville, N.C., tripped, giving Jordan an opportunity to arm himself against the intruders.

Jordan shot at Norfleet but missed, Walton said. Norfleet returned fire, shooting three times. One bullet entered Jordan’s abdomen and pierced a major artery. He bled to death.

The jury recommended a sentence of 57 years and a $2,500 fine. A sentencing hearing is set for July 29.