Murder charge filed

Published 9:08 am Thursday, March 15, 2018

A man arrested for selling drugs here has been arrested for a murder in Statesville.

Enrico Dewaine Heggins, 35, of Winston-Salem, was arrested in January by the Davie County Sheriff’s Department on drug and weapons charges after a raid on his room at the Scottish Inn in Mocksville.

He was charged with first-degree murder last week by the Statesville Police Department. Already in custody in Davie, he is being held without privilege of bond. He is charged with the Jan. 6 fatal shooting of Freeman Jacobi Wells.

At the time of his arrest in Mocksville, about a week after the alleged murder, Davie Sheriff J.D. Hartman said that Heggins was staying here because the gang he belonged to was getting too much attention in Iredell County; so he was staying here with guns, drugs and money.

Several agencies have been involved in the ongoing investigation. “This multi-agency partnership has been invaluable in the assistance and sharing of resources and information,” said Statesville Police Chief Joe Barone. “Their work led to the charges against Heggins. Without question, their work will result in future charges.”

Four ounces of heroin, seven guns including four high-powered rifles and $5,000 were seized from the Mocksville hotel room.

“We understand that criminals don’t stop at the city limits or county line,” Barone said. “It takes a shared effort to keep our communities safe.”