Murder arrest results in added charges

Published 8:38 am Tuesday, July 14, 2015

MURFREESBORO – The Murfreesboro Police have charged a town citizen in the aftermath of a murder arrest.

Gregory J. Kee of Boyette Street was arrested Saturday for common law obstruction of justice. That charge, a felony, pertained to not telling the truth to law enforcement officers when they surrounded a home at 301 Boyette Street on June 30 after receiving a tip that Rumeal Daye, 24, of Conway, was hiding out at that residence. Daye, who was later found in the attic of that home, is one of four local men who now stand charged in the June 26 murder of Shuntavius Vaughan of Conway. Vaughan was shot and killed at 305 Fields Drive at the Conway Village Apartments.

At the time of the June 30 incident, law enforcement officials from various local agencies had surrounded the residence at 301 Boyette Street. At that time, Murfreesboro Police Chief Darrell Rowe said an order was given for those inside to come out. He said two individuals, a male and female, complied with that order. However, the male subject was not Daye.

“We repeatedly asked those two individuals if there was anyone else still inside the residence, to which they said no,” Rowe stated in an article published by the News-Herald late last month.

At that point, a highly trained tactical team, comprised of officers from the Murfreesboro Police Department and Hertford County Sheriff’s Office and a canine, was sent inside the residence. After a room-by-room search failed to turn up the suspect, Daye was found hiding in the attic.

“By this man (Kee) not telling us the truth from the outset of our search for Mr. Daye, it put the officers involved in extreme danger as we were informed by Mr. Kee that a murder suspect we were seeking was not inside that house,” Rowe stated on Monday. “We do not tolerate this type of obstruction of justice, especially in such a volatile situation as we had in this particular case with a murder suspect on the run.”

Rowe added that subsequent to Kee’s arrest, made by MPD Officer Tyrone Ruffin, the arrestee was searched. That effort led to the discovery of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, which led to added charges.

Kee is being held in the Hertford County Jail under a total bond of $10,000.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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