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Man arrested in Fayetteville fatal shooting

Posted July 13, 2008
Updated July 14, 2008

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— Detectives have arrested a man they believe killed another man in a shooting late Saturday night at a Camden Road home.

Timothy Michael McRoberts, 25, of 327 Martin Road in St. Pauls, faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Zacharia James Fotta, 27, of Fayetteville.

Detectives said the men were drinking at Fotta's house when they started to argue around 10:30 p.m. McRoberts allegedly pulled out a handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants and shot Fotta.

McRoberts fled the scene but was arrested by Cumberland County sheriff's deputies.

He was being held Sunday in the Cumberland County Detention Center without bond. His first court appearance was scheduled for Monday.

McRoberts served three years and seven months in prison after being convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony breaking-and-entering in March 2003. His parole expired in May.

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  • yep Jul 14, 2008

    "I am glad for a change its on the other side of the fence"

    What is on the other side of the fence? Did Josh Hamilton hit another homerun? They found the murder weapon behind the fence? What fence??

  • Mom of two Jul 14, 2008

    I know the lady he got over 3 years for robbing. It is sad that he got out of jail only to do something like this. My prayers to the family. I really hate to see that this happened.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 14, 2008

    I am glad for a change its on the other side of the fence. My condolences to the family. May the Lord bring you peace and closure.

  • IteachforJesus Jul 14, 2008

    This is why I tell my students to be careful who your friends are.

  • ghetto gurletto drinkin Amaretto Jul 14, 2008

    Why am I not surprised that this shooting stemmed from some men drinking and arguing? Whatever happened to drinking and passing out? Some people need to lock up their guns BEFORE they drink so they wont have any regrets when they sober.