Wayne County teacher arrested in connection with 2013 murder

A Wayne County Public Schools teacher has been arrested in connection with a 2013 murder of Shabazz Woods, who was 18 years of age at the time of his death.

According to a press release by the Goldsboro Police Department, 28-year-old Brittany Megan Sasser was arrested Sept. 26 on a charge of accessory to murder after the fact.

Details from the press release:

Brittany Megan Sasser - Wayne County - Quiet Epidemic

Brittany Megan Sasser

As a result of the continued investigation by the Goldsboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, on September 26th, 2019 a warrant for arrest was secured on Brittany Sasser of Pikeville, NC for Accessory After the Fact to Murder in connection to the aforementioned shooting. Ms. Sasser was taken into custody on September 26th, 2019 at approximately 1600 hours by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Goldsboro Police Department’s Investigations Division. 

Sasser was issued a $75,000 secured bond and her next court date is scheduled for September 30, 2019.

The press release also includes details about the murder of Shabazz Woods:

On January 24th, 2013 at approximately 0710 hours, the Goldsboro Police Department responded to a call of an unresponsive subject near the rear of 414 Seymour Drive. EMS responded and pronounced the victim, identified as Shabazz Woods, deceased. The victim appeared to have died from apparent gunshot wounds. The case was ruled a homicide. The Criminal Investigations Division responded and assumed control over the investigation.

The press release says that more arrests are anticipated.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call or text Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255 or submit a TIP at p3tips.com.

As of this report, Sasser’s name is still found in the school directory for Rosewood High School in Goldsboro, located in the Wayne County School district. Sasser was hired in 2016 as a special needs teacher.

Wayne County Public Schools’ district spokesperson Ken Derksen confirmed to the Charlotte Observer that Sasser had been suspended with pay as of Friday, September 27.

Sasser does hold a North Carolina teaching license which will expire June 30 of 2024. The areas her license covers are Reading K-12 and Exceptional Children General Curriculum (K-12).

Wayne County Public Schools can confirm that Ms. Sasser was suspended with pay yesterday morning (Friday, September 27), as a result of a new criminal charge against her that is unrelated to the school district,” Ken Derksen, Communications & Public Relations Officer said in an email. “Ms. Sasser has been continuously employed as an Exceptional Children’s teacher at Rosewood High since August 2016.”

Derksen also confirmed that background checks are conducted on all employees prior to hire.


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About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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