Suspect in shooting of Havelock bouncer appears in court

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Jonathan Richard Pugh, 18, right, stands next to District Attorney Scott Thomas while making his first court appearance Wednesday on charges relating to Sunday's shooting death of bouncer Todd North at Flyers bar in Havelock.

Byron Holland/Halifax Media
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 02:50 PM.

Jonathan Richard Pugh, the 18-year-old charged in the shooting death of Todd North early Sunday morning in a Havelock bar, learned his possible fate Wednesday when he went before a Craven County District Court judge.

Pugh is facing only two possible sentences if found guilty, District Court Judge Clint Rowe told him: life in prison or the death penalty.

He is being held with no bond allowed, and his next court date is May 3.

District Attorney Scott Thomas asked the judge to transfer Pugh from the Craven County Jail to the Division of Adult Correction in Raleigh for medical and safety reasons because of the high jail population.

Pugh, a junior at Havelock High School, was shot in the stomach during Sunday’s incident. Law enforcement and the Craven County Sheriff’s Department also were concerned about safety issues because there have been threats against Pugh, Thomas said.

During the first appearance, the courtroom in the basement of the Craven County Courthouse was locked down as part of the tight security. Pugh was not wearing restraints as he entered the courtroom. He was dressed in a blue hospital shirt and pants, wearing yellow socks with no shoes.

Capt. Joe Heckman of the Craven County Sheriff’s Department said Pugh was wearing the hospital clothes because it was all he had when he was released from Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

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