Uncw Student Killed
UNCW Student Killed by Ex-boyfriend Naujoks
On Nov. 17 at 10 p.m., ABC News will air a segment about the murder of an UNCW student. It will feature Curtis Faulkner, Nicholas Henry Pohlman, Christopher Duane Stewart and Curtis Dixon. These students were killed by a former boyfriend of Naujoks.
In the wake of the killing of Curtis Faulkner, a University of North Carolina Wilmington student, UNC President Molly Broad has formed a task force to investigate campus safety. This group will look into whether it is possible to require criminal background checks before admission to the campus. While requiring such a screening would likely have prevented Faulkner’s death, it is not clear if it would have prevented the suicide of Naujoks.
A man, 21, is accused of killing the 21-year-old Cary resident by strangling him and hitting him in the head with a blunt object. The suspect, identified as Charlotte Dixon, was arrested within 10 minutes of being notified of the killing. The UNCW Campus Police Department immediately notified the State Bureau of Investigation, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department, and the District Attorney’s Office. Dixon is charged with first-degree murder and additional charges of rape, sexual offense, and kidnapping.
Dixon and Faulkner met at UNCW and became friends, studying and socializing together. Dixon changed classes to be near Jessica Faulkner. In addition, Dixon enrolled in a university-sponsored trip to Belize with Jessica. Jessica had been looking forward to it.
Dixon’s death has cast a shadow over the campus. The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s admissions policy has been questioned over the past few years, and questions have been raised about the campus’ safety. Jessica Faulkner, a UNCW student, was murdered by 20-year-old Curtis Dixon in 2005. Dixon’s parents expressed concern over Dixon’s background because Dixon had not self-reported a criminal history on his application. Dixon then committed suicide while in police custody.
Nicholas Henry Pohlman
A 23-year-old Wilmington resident has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence after drinking alcohol. His case has been investigated by the Wilmington Police Department and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The Wilmington Fire Department and New Hanover Regional EMS also assisted the police department. The District Attorney’s Office has also been involved in the investigation.
The UNCW campus community is being offered grief support services. The Fisher Student Center Information Desk will have a condolence book and the Employee Assistance Program will offer counseling for faculty and staff. In addition, the University Counseling Center will offer counseling services to students, faculty, and staff.
Christopher Duane Stewart
Christopher Duane Stewart, a 23-year-old army veteran, was found dead in Millers Pond Park in Rocky Point. According to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, Stewart was murdered. His family is in mourning for their loss. Stewart had served in Afghanistan and was pursuing a degree in criminal justice. He had two dogs and loved the outdoors.
Investigators have named two men in Stewart’s death. They are currently being held in the Pender County jail in Burgaw on no bond and are charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Sheriff Alan Cutler is scheduled to hold a press conference on Wednesday to provide further information on the case. Stewart’s aunt, Patricia Walker, says she saw Stewart’s body days after the murder. She said she was shocked and saddened by his death, which she says is the “most horrible thing” she can imagine.
The arrests are the first steps toward a justice for Stewart’s family. Police arrested two men in connection with Stewart’s death on Tuesday. They are Myasia Nicole Morange, 18 years old, and Raymond Lee Brooks, 33. Both were living in Council, a town 30 miles north of Wilmington.
After Jessica Faulkner, a 20-year-old UNCW student, was killed in 2005, the parents of Curtis Dixon raised concerns about the university’s background check process. Dixon’s parents questioned the college’s lack of a criminal background check and alleged the university failed to investigate Dixon’s background when he applied to the college.
The university says it has an early warning system, and notices on its website. While that might work in some instances, it is not effective if the victims are not online and unaware of the warnings. Dixon’s death was the first on the UNCW campus, and it has prompted significant changes to admissions and stalking policies.
Dixon’s background was questioned after he failed to disclose a misdemeanor conviction on his application for admission. He also omitted a criminal history that included a 2001 conviction for assaulting a female. The school was forced to expel Dixon after discovering his criminal record.
Dixon was not wholly home-schooled; he had attended Vance High School in Charlotte and the N.C. School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, and UNCW in Charlotte. He had minor run-ins with law enforcement at each of those schools.
Dixon’s death has stunned many students. His death has caused a nationwide debate and a public outcry. On Nov. 17 at 10 p.m., ABC News will air a segment on the murder. If convicted, Dixon will likely face the death penalty.
Faulkner had become uncomfortable with Mr. Dixon, who invited her back to his room. He then hit her in the head with a blackjack, strangled her, and then raped her. Dixon had been sleeping in his bed the night before. He then confessed to the crime. His body was found in the room of his room in the Cornerstone Hall dorm.