Lumberton man arrested, charge with Dublin murder

By: W. Curt Vincent -

ELIZABETHTOWN — One of the suspects the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office says is connected with the first-degree murder of Darrell Dionte Council near Dublin on Nov. 8 has been arrested.

Sheriff Jim McVicker said Christopher Joself Baldwin, 25, of Lumberton was arrested on Wednesday.

“I am pleased to announce this arrest,” said McVicker. “My Investigators have put in some long hours trying to locate those responsible for this crime. We still have more work to do on this case and anticipate additional charges.”

A second suspect, Montise Arman Mitchell, 24, of St. Pauls continues to be sought in connection with the murder and is expected to be charged with first-degree murder along with Baldwin. In addition, McVicker said other individuals are being sought.

“We have been able to determine there were at least four individuals involved in this case,” McVicker said. “We have warrants on these folks and we have one in custody and anticipate more arrests.”

McVicker said his investigators have obtained warrants on D’Nazya Sade Downing, 20, of Parkton and Shanika Nicole Mitchell, 17, of Lumberton. Both women will also be charged with first-degree murder.

Baldwin has been booked into the Bladen County Jail without bond and is awaiting his first appearance in District Court.

McVicker is urging the public’s assistance in locating Mitchell, who stands 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has a medium complexion and wears his hair in dreadlocks.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mitchell are asked to call the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960.

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

W. Curt Vincent