Man wanted for triple murder in Elizabeth City arrested in Norfolk

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UPDATE: On January 13, 2022, Ricky Etheridge Jr. signed a waiver of extradition proceedings in lieu of a hearing. He is expected to be sent back to Elizabeth City within the next month to face the three counts of homicide that are pending.

A control date in Norfolk court has been set for Feb. 9 to verify he was transported back to North Carolina.


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man wanted after the killing of three people, including a 3-year-old, in Elizabeth City earlier this month has been arrested in Norfolk.

The Elizabeth City Police Department announced that Ricky Lewis Etheridge, Jr. was arrested on Wednesday with help from Norfolk police and U.S. Marshals.

He’s charged with three counts of murder in connection to the fatal shootings of 3-year-old Allura Pledger, 39-year-old De‘Shay (Takeyia) Berry and 18-year-old Jaquan White on Dec. 2.

He also faces pending charges for wounding three men in that same shooting, police said.

Etheridge is being held at Norfolk City Jail with bond denied. He was scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 21, but the case was continued until Dec. 28 because he was still in the process of getting an attorney.

The case was scheduled for a hearing Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. Court records didn’t specify what type of hearing it would be.

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