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Rewards offered in 2016 Wilson County murders

Posted on February 26, 2021

Updated on March 1, 2021

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Sheriff Calvin Woodard's SUV arrives at the scene of a quadruple homicide on Christmas Day 2016. Four people were killed inside a home on Banks Lane outside Wilson the night before. Investigators are still seeking leads in the case.

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Sheriff Calvin Woodard's SUV arrives at the scene of a quadruple homicide on Christmas Day 2016. Four people were killed inside a home on Banks Lane outside Wilson the night before. Investigators are still seeking leads in the case.

Wilson County sheriff's deputies block Cisterna Road outside Kenly during a death investigation on June 8, 2016. Deputies found the body of Bailey resident James Calvin Graham Jr., who died of gunshot wounds. Family members had reported him missing following several days without contact.

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Wilson County sheriff's deputies block Cisterna Road outside Kenly during a death investigation on June 8, 2016. Deputies found the body of Bailey resident James Calvin Graham Jr., who died of gunshot wounds. Family members had reported him missing following several days without contact.

Nikki Privette and Paul Shane Pearce, shown in a family snapshot, were killed along with Pearce's mother and her boyfriend on Christmas Eve 2016. Sheriff's deputies are still investigating the case.

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Nikki Privette and Paul Shane Pearce, shown in a family snapshot, were killed along with Pearce's mother and her boyfriend on Christmas Eve 2016. Sheriff's deputies are still investigating the case.

Selby Outland and Tammy Pearce were killed in a Wilson County home with Pearce's son and his girlfriend on Christmas Eve 2016. Investigators are seeking leads to solve the quadruple homicide.

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Selby Outland and Tammy Pearce were killed in a Wilson County home with Pearce's son and his girlfriend on Christmas Eve 2016. Investigators are seeking leads to solve the quadruple homicide.

Sheriff Calvin Woodard's SUV arrives at the scene of a quadruple homicide on Christmas Day 2016. Four people were killed inside a home on Banks Lane outside Wilson the night before. Investigators are still seeking leads in the case.

Corey Friedman | Times file photo

Sheriff Calvin Woodard's SUV arrives at the scene of a quadruple homicide on Christmas Day 2016. Four people were killed inside a home on Banks Lane outside Wilson the night before. Investigators are still seeking leads in the case.

Wilson County sheriff's deputies block Cisterna Road outside Kenly during a death investigation on June 8, 2016. Deputies found the body of Bailey resident James Calvin Graham Jr., who died of gunshot wounds. Family members had reported him missing following several days without contact.

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Wilson County sheriff's deputies block Cisterna Road outside Kenly during a death investigation on June 8, 2016. Deputies found the body of Bailey resident James Calvin Graham Jr., who died of gunshot wounds. Family members had reported him missing following several days without contact.

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State officials are offering rewards totaling $25,000 for information leading to arrests and convictions in two separate Wilson County homicide cases from 2016.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday the state would offer up to a $20,000 reward for the prosecution of those responsible for a Christmas Eve quadruple homicide and up to $5,000 in the killing of a 52-year-old Bailey man whose body was found in the woods off Cisterna Road near Kenly on June 8, 2016.

“I am very appreciative of Governor Cooper’s reward proclamation,” said Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard. “I am hoping these rewards aid in someone providing information for solving both of these cases and giving closure to the families.”

CHRISTMAS EVE KILLINGS

Neighbors reportedly heard gunshots around 1 a.m. on Dec. 24, 2016. Nearly 12 hours later, the victims’ family members found bloodshed inside a Wilson County home and called 911.

All four victims — 47-year-old Selby Gene Outland, 54-year-old Tammy Lynnette Pearce, 28-year-old Paul Shane Pearce and 23-year-old Dominique Nicole “Nikki” Privette — were found shot to death.

Some of the victims were shot multiple times, including Privette, who was shot nine times, according to autopsy reports.

The victims were found in four separate rooms and were wearing pajamas, their autopsies state. The reports indicate that a 9mm and .38-caliber cartridge casings were found at the scene. The front door was kicked in.

The killings occurred inside Tammy Pearce’s home on the 2200 block of Banks Lane, a residential street off N.C. 42 East just outside the Wilson city limits.

Tammy and Paul Pearce were mother and son, and Outland and Privette, respectively, were their significant others.

In August 2017, investigators arrested 31-year-old Dereck Eugene Harris and charged him with murder in the quadruple homicide. But in February 2020, prosecutors dismissed all four first-degree murder charges against Harris the day he was slated to stand trial.

Wilson County prosecutors said the case was circumstantial and there were issues with witnesses leading up to the trial.

During a court proceding to dismiss the charges, prosecutors said certain witnesses were served and hadn’t shown up for trial, and another witness changed his or her story the week before the trial started.

Prosecutors said they hoped new evidence would emerge, enabling them to re-indict Harris or refile charges. Evidence showed there was more than one perpetrator.

JAMES GRAHAM JR. HOMICIDE

The body of 52-year-old James Calvin Graham Jr. was found unclothed in a wooded area off Cisterna Road. Graham was shot multiple times, according to a news release announcing the governor’s reward offer.

Four days prior to Graham’s killing, Wilson County deputies were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle fire at Buckhorn Landing. Bailey firefighters told deputies that flames were shooting out of the car when they arrived. Officials said no one was seen with or near the car, a silver 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Deputies launched an arson investigation. The following day, June 7, the Bailey Police Department began investigating a missing person case and contacted the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies later identified Graham as the burned car’s owner.

Detectives searched the area and found Graham’s body on June 8.

Officials said Graham’s car was seen turning onto Cisterna Road near N.C. 42 during the early morning hours of June 4.

Shortly after Graham’s identity was released, his family members told The Wilson Times that he failed to show up to church on June 4, a Saturday. Graham was a forklift driver, and he didn’t show up to work on the following Monday and Tuesday. Relatives reported him missing on Tuesday, June 7.

Graham’s family told the Times it wasn’t normal for Graham to be absent without calling loved ones. While Graham sometimes went fishing, family members said, they never knew of him doing so near Buckhorn Landing or Cisterna Road.

Anyone with information about either homicide case is asked to call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 252-237-2118 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.

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