KINSTON — Former University of North Carolina football player Christopher Hawkins has been arrested in Kinston on charges of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.
Hawkins was arrested just before noon Wednesday by Kinston police, said police spokesman Woody Spencer. Hawkins arrest stems from a shooting May 3 on Briarfield Road. No one was injured. Shell casings were found at the scene.
The 29-year old played football for UNC from 2001 to 2003. He was kicked off the team in 2004 for an unspecified violation of team rules. In April 2009, he was arrested in Georgia and charged with felony cocaine trafficking and misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Hawkins was disassociated from the UNC football program in 2010 after it was discovered he provided benefits to three players. During an NCAA investigation, Hawkins was questioned about compromising agent-player relations.
Another individual, Courtney Demara Olds, was arrested in the case. Both are being held in the Lenoir County Jail under a $35,000 secured bond.
Police have arrested a third man in connection with the case. Anthony Derell Reese, who was inside the residence at the time of the shooting, was arrested Monday. Reese chased the shooter in his vehicle. He ran a stop sign and struck another vehicle during the chase, then fled the scene, according to Spencer. He has been charged with felony hit and run, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and discharging a firearm in the city. He is also being held in the Lenoir County Jail and his bond is set at $5,000, according to Spencer.