A woman killed in her
front yard near Fayetteville may have been targeted because of her involvement
in a federal drug case, according to her attorney.
Mark Jesse said Tuesday that
prior to the murder of Felicia Williams Diggs, she had complained about feeling
threatened because of the case.
Diggs was shot and killed
in her front yard at Taylor's Creek mobile home park on November 5. Neighbors
say she was trying to get in a car and get away from a man with a gun.
Jesse said he was assigned
to represent Diggs as she faced cocaine trafficking charges. He says she knew
details about the trafficking between Arizona and Arkansas. She provided
information about the case, and he feels she was killed because of that.
Jesse said the mother of three moved from Arizona to North Carolina because she was feeling threatened. He said even on
the day she was killed she reported threats to him and a federal courts
detectives would not comment on that drug case.
However, on Tuesday homicide
detectives set up a mobile command post at the Pearce's Mill Fire Station in an
effort to get tips in the murder. Detectives also canvassed nearby
neighborhoods, going door to door with a flier requesting information in the
"We're trying to see if anybody saw anything,
they could come forward and give us the information so we could go ahead and
continue working the investigation," said Lt. Bobby Reyes. "They feel more
comfortable coming over here. It's been very useful in several homicides,
putting the command post out in the community."
Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon.More>>