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Arrest made in Ahoskie murder

AHOSKIE – An Ahoskie man is behind bars without the opportunity for bond after being arrested this afternoon (Thursday) for a murder that occurred in town this summer.

Akendo T. Williams

Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh told the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald that 30-year-old Akendo Taurin Williams of Parker Avenue was arrested at 2 p.m. today for the murder of Reco Larone Lewis.

The 29-year-old victim was shot multiple times at close range in the early morning hours of June 23 while standing outside in front of Kennedy Court Apartments, located off Parker Avenue.

Fitzhugh declined to answer what led the Ahoskie Police to believe that Williams was involved in the shooting, or if the weapon used in the slaying had been recovered.

Fitzhugh did say that Williams stands charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled to make a first appearance in Hertford County District Court tomorrow (Friday).

“I would like to commend (Ahoskie Police) Detective Justin Farmer and Agent Cloutier with North Carolina SBI for their relentless work in making an arrest in this murder case,” Fitzhugh said.

According to the original story about this murder published June 25 by the News-Herald, Fitzhugh reported that the Hertford County E-911 Communications Center received a call referencing shots fired at approximately 4:35 a.m. on June 23.

Upon the arrival of the first Ahoskie Police units to Kennedy Court, they located an unresponsive male lying face down in the grass in front of Apartment 8. He was later identified as Lewis, who resides at Apartment 9.

Fitzhugh said additional APD officers and detectives were summoned to the scene, as were Hertford County Sheriff’s deputies. The North Carolina SBI was called to assist with the crime scene investigation.

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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