Man given life without parole in Duplin County chicken plant murder

DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A man convicted of killing a fellow employee at a Duplin County chicken plant will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Antwan Wright was found guilty on Friday of first degree murder by premeditation and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Darius Atkins was shot three times in the parking lot of the House of Raeford Plant on U.S. 117, north of Rose Hill back on November 25, 2020.

The District Attorney’s Office said the shooting happened during a morning break.

The D.A. said one of the motives that came out in the trial was that Wright mistakenly believed that Atkins shot up his grandmother’s house in Goldsboro just before the plant shooting.

Wright didn’t show up for work that day, but cell phone records showed he was close to the plant after the shooting happened. The D.A. said that was a critical piece of evidence against Wright.