Chocowinity man admits to murder

Published 3:16 pm Friday, July 15, 2022


District Attorney Seth Edwards announced on Thursday, July 14 the conviction of James Carver, 57, in the homicide of Connie Hunt that occurred on February 15, 2021, in Chocowinity. 


Following a plea of guilty to Second Degree Murder, Superior Court Judge Wayland J. Sermons, Jr., sentenced Carver to a minimum of 300 months and a maximum of 372 months in prison. 


According to Edwards, at the time of the homicide Carver was living with his ex-wife off of Highway 33 in Chocowinity along with the victim, who was 72 and Carver’s ex-mother-in-law. On this particular date, Carver’s ex-wife requested that a Beaufort County deputy remove Carver from the home due to his intoxication and unruly behavior. 


When deputies arrived at the victim’s home, they discovered Carver highly intoxicated in a back bedroom. Upon further inspection they located Hunt deceased on the floor. It was reported that Hunt had a history of dementia and was physically infirm. 


An autopsy confirmed that Hunter died as a result of a shotgun blast to her head, to which Carver admitted.