E’town man charged with attempted murder

By: W. Curt Vincent - cvincent@civitasmedia.com

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County sheriff’s deputies arrested an Elizabethtown man on Wednesday and charged him with attempted murder.

According to Sheriff Jim McVicker, deputies arrested Maleke Tyeri King, 21, in connection with a shooting on Saturday in Tar Heel.

“King went to the home of James Junious Lesane, located on Land J Lane in Tar Heel … to return his child to the mother, Brittany Lesane,” McVicker said. “While at the residence, King and the elder Lesane had words and King entered the home and assaulted Lesane with his fists and a handgun, striking him several times in the head.”

According to the victim and witnesses, King pointed the weapon at Lesane and pulled the trigger several times but it did not fire. King then left the residence.

King was arrested at his place of employment Tuesday afternoon without incident. He was charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and second-degree kidnapping. He was placed in Bladen County Jail without bond on the attempted murder charge and a $75,000 secured bond on the other charges.

Lesane was transported by Bladen County EMS to Cape Fear Hospital where he was treated and released.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.


W. Curt Vincent