Raleigh man charged with murder Sunday has been charged with murder before

Man is also to appear in court in March for assault charges

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comJanuary 22, 2013 


Gemeille, Wedjunald, charged by police Sunday with the murder of a 29-year-old woman. Photo Source: CCBI


— A man charged with killing a woman at her apartment in North Raleigh over the weekend has been charged with murder before.

Wedjunald Gemeille, 21, was charged Sunday with killing Angel D. Irby, a 29-year-old woman whose body was found at her apartment near Millbrook Road.

Police have not released details, including how Irby died, but they described Gemeille and Irby as acquaintances.

Police discovered Irby’s body Sunday morning after someone called 911 asking police to check on the well-being of a person living at 201-20 Loft Lane, according to police spokesman Jim Sughrue. That call came from a man who said he was at church, according to a recording of the 911 call released Monday evening.

“I have a young man with me,” the caller said. “I’m at church right now. He came into our church, and he indicated that he assaulted his girlfriend at this apartment and that she could possibly be 103,” the police code that indicates someone has been killed.

Police arrested Gemeille at New Community Church, at 9621 Six Forks Road, just north of Interstate 540.

It was the second time Raleigh police have charged Gemeille with murder. In July 2010, he and three others were charged with the beating death of a 28-year-old man at a North Raleigh apartment complex, though Gemeille was not convicted, according to state records.

Raleigh police also arrested Gemeille in connection with a violent altercation in November. Gemeille is scheduled to appear in Wake District Court on March 7 to answer to charges of assault on a female, assault inflicting serious injury, following too closely and reckless driving, wanton disregard, according to state court records. Sughrue said all of those charges stem from a road-rage incident that occurred Nov. 20 around 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Six Forks and Millbrook roads.

Majdoleen Mohammed, 25, of Raleigh said she and her brother had just left a movie when a motorist cut in front of their car and then slowed down.

“He stopped like he wanted us to hit his car,” Mohammed said Monday.

When the two vehicles reached the intersection, Mohammed said her brother and the driver of the other car rolled down their windows and began arguing. The men got out of their cars and began fighting. Mohammed said the man hit her brother “really hard” then started beating his head on the ground. Mohammed said the beating caused internal bleeding in one of her brother’s eyes that required surgery.

“Before he left he hit me, too,” Mohammed said about the man, who police later identified as Gemeille.

In July 2010, police charged Gemeille and three other men with the death of Pier Munoz-Chinos, who was also known as Tito Hernandez-Garcia. Officers found Munoz-Chinos lying outside in the 2900 block of Red Clay Drive.

Paramedics rushed Munoz-Chinos to WakeMed where he later died, police reported.

Days earlier, Gemeille had been charged with larceny and assault and battery, according to state records.

Wake District Attorney Colin Willoughby on Monday said Munoz-Chinos’ beating death occurred in an apartment complex parking lot near the Mini City shopping center.

“My recollection is that the man who died actually initiated the problem out there,” Willoughby said.

Willoughby added that at least one person was convicted of manslaughter in connection with the beating death, but apparently not Gemeille, according to state records.

The larceny charges filed in 2010 against Gemeille were dismissed, but he was convicted of the assault and battery charges and sentenced to 30 days in jail, state records show.

News researcher Peggy Neal contributed to this report.

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