Four Oaks Man Charged In Princeton Murder

Princeton Police have made an arrest in the homicide of a South Carolina man gunned down last week on S. Elm Street.

Police Chief Tyrone Sutton announced Tuesday afternoon the arrest of 26 year-old Marcus Anthony Currie of Four Oaks on a first degree murder charge.

Currie is accused of fatally shooting Michael Lorenzo Joyner of Columbia, SC on April 2nd.  Joyner’s body was found face down in the middle of the roadway in the 300 block of S. Elm Street.  Joyner was wearing a bullet proof vest. He died from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Princeton Police and the NC SBI have not released a motive for the shooting, however Joyner reportedly drove from Columbia to Princeton the day he was killed to defend his younger brother who had been involved in an earlier altercation.  Police have not said if the earlier altercation involved Currie.

Currie was arrested around Noon Tuesday without incident at his home on Buck Dunn Road near Four Oaks by members of the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, SBI, Princeton Police and NC Probation and Parole.

He is being held in the Johnston County Jail without bond.

Currie was released from prison 7 months ago after serving 3 years behind bars for 

possession of a firearm by a felon, speeding to elude arrest, habitual misdemeanor assault and being a habitual felon.  He was released on probation in September 2017.

Chief Sutton said he has no idea why Currie was in Princeton on the day of the fatal shooting. The weapon used in the homicide has not been recovered.

Funeral services for Michael Joyner will be held this Thursday, April 12th in Goldsboro.  He is survived by his fiancee, two daughters and his mother.  Scene photos by