Double murder suspects identified

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 7, 2004

AHOSKIE – Three people have been arrested in connection with a double homicide that occurred here in the early morning hours of Nov. 14.

According to Sgt. P.J. Kelleher of the Petersburg Police Department, the arrests were made around 2:30 Friday morning.

The three people arrested were Sherodd Ross, 25, and Joseph Crawford, 25, both of the 100 block of South Jefferson St., Petersburg, Va.; and Dawn Murphy, 20, of the 1400 block of Brandersbridge Rd., Colonial Heights, Va.

Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh was not sure when the three suspects would be expedited back to North Carolina.

Sgt. Kelleher said his office, assisted by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, served the search warrant and placed the three suspects under arrest.

The double homicide occurred sometime prior to 4:28 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 14. The police department received a call and responded to Apt. 4 of Gordon Court in Ahoskie, where they found Christopher Kevin Goddard, 20, and Robert Smith, 22, shot to death.

Both men had Ahoskie addresses, but it is still not clear if the two men resided in the apartment where they were found.

Fitzhugh said Friday that all three suspects were being charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and one count each of first-degree burglary.