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Three more charged in fatal shooting

GASTON – Three additional individuals are now behind bars, bringing the number to six of those charged in a fatal shooting here Jan. 25.

Meanwhile, the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, joined by the Gaston Police and the SBI, is still searching for the person responsible for killing 53-year-old Dexter Robinson of Roanoke Rapids and injuring four others at a birthday party held at the E.E. Odom Civic Center in Gaston.

The latest arrests include:

29-year-old Kemesha Squire of Gaston was served outstanding warrants for one count of felony inciting a riot, one count felony obstruction of justice, and one count felony accessory after the fact. She received a $100,000 secured bond and was scheduled to make her first court appearance on Thursday of this week.

23-year-old Donovan Edwards of Roanoke Rapids was served outstanding warrants for one count of accessory after the fact to first degree murder, and two counts of accessory after the fact to assault with deadly weapon intent to inflict serious injury. He received a $290,000 secured bond and a court date on Feb. 21.

25-year-old Richard Squire of Gaston turned himself in at Halifax County Sheriff’s Office where he was served outstanding warrants for one count of felony discharging a firearm into occupied property, one count of felony inciting a riot, and one count of going armed to the terror of people. He received a $60,000 secured bond and a Feb. 14 court date.

As reported in Wednesday’s edition, North Carolina ALE officers made three arrests for violating state laws regarding the illegal sale of alcohol at the same birthday party. Those charged by the ALE were 45-year-old Tracy Lynn Davis, her 28-year-old daughter Jessica Janee Davis, both of Gaston, and 22-year-old Keyshun Boswell of Littleton. They were each charged with selling alcoholic beverages without an ABC permit.

The investigation in the aftermath of the shooting led ALE officers to discover that Tracy and Jessica Davis had rented out the E.E. Odom Civic Center for a friend’s birthday party on the night of Jan. 25. It was further discovered during the course of the ALE investigation that the party included an illegal bar with a cover charge at the door and alcoholic beverages for sale.

Boswell, the ALE officers said, purchased the alcohol sold during the party – a direct violation of NC Alcoholic Beverage Control laws.

Also, none of the three took appropriate security measures to ensure weapons were not brought into the party.

Boswell, who was already in custody on unrelated charges for probation violation as of Jan. 26, was also charged by local lawmen with for one count of felony inciting a riot, one count of going armed to terror of people, three counts of felony assault on law enforcement officers with a firearm, felony discharge a weapon into occupied property, and two counts of felony assault with deadly weapon intent to kill inflicting serious bodily injury. He was jailed under a $100,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 21.

The mother and daughter (Tracy and Jessica Davis) were placed under $1,000 and $1,500 secured bonds respectively. Each has a court date scheduled for Feb. 19. J. Davis was also charged with possess / consume fortified wine, liquor, mixed beverages on unauthorized premises.

Northampton Sheriff Jack Smith said additional arrests are pending.

Smith stated that his office is continuing to investigate this case and encourages help from the public in furthering this investigation.

“I want to thank all the agencies that helped with the initial investigation and arrests,” Smith said. “This is a very unfortunate situation that occurred and our agency takes cases of this magnitude very serious; we will investigate it to the fullest extent.”

Just before midnight on Jan. 25, deputies with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office and Gaston Police officers were flagged down by concerned citizens and witnessed dozens of people gathered at the E.E. Odom Civic Center, a building owned by the Town of Gaston at 221 Craige Street.

In an earlier story, Sheriff Smith said the investigation by his officers revealed that several fights broke out involving some individuals, both inside and outside the building, followed by gunshots being fired.

Interviews were conducted in an effort to obtain information as to the identity of the shooter or possible shooters.

Anyone with information on people that were involved or who were at the establishment or that have information to help the investigation is encouraged to contact the Northampton Co. Sheriff’s Office at 252-534-2611 or Anonymous Crime Stoppers Line at 252-534-1110.

The Roanoke Rapids Police Department, Down East Task Force, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, and NC Highway Patrol also assisted with this case.

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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