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Coulton murder case on Hertford County docket

WINTON – Jury selection begins Monday in Hertford County Superior Court where an Aulander man will stand trial for the 2010 death of a former Hertford County High School football standout.

Kendrick Kendale Jones, 30, of Horton’s Church Road is accused of murdering 19-year-old Ivan Jerome Coulton of Ahoskie sometimes after midnight on May 15, 2010. Jones was arrested less than one week later and charged with five felonies – first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inciting a riot, and possess, sell, buy, alter the serial number of a weapon. He was also charged with go armed to the terror of people, a misdemeanor.

At the time of his death, Coulton was on an athletic scholarship at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. He died after being airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

The shooting, which occurred in a lot off Catherine Street in downtown Ahoskie, took place following a disturbance at BJ’s, a nightclub located in the 200 block of East Main Street. Ahoskie Police officers were dispatched to the scene, where Chief Troy Fitzhugh said at that time they found a large and unruly crowd, and shut the club down at 12:50 a.m. due to safety concerns.

Fitzhugh said that upon shutting the club down, officers then responded to a large crowd on First and Maple streets. “Next, my officers responded to a fight and gun shots being fired on Catherine Street,” Fitzhugh reported in a story published by this newspaper on May 21, 2010. “An officer with the Ahoskie PD on foot ran to the gun shot call. There was a large crowd. Once the officer located the victim, the officer called for police and medical assistance.”

According to court records, this is a non-capital case. Superior Court Judge Quentin T. Sumner of Nash County is expected to hear the case. Those court records show that attorneys Jack Warmack and Tonza Ruffin will represent Jones. The state’s prosecution will be handled by the office of local District Attorney Valerie Asbell.