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Men wanted in Roanoke Rapids shooting

Posted October 12, 2009

— The Halifax County Sheriff's Office is looking for two suspects in a shooting that injured a 44-year-old Roanoke Rapids woman Sunday.

Detectives said Maggie Graham was shot off N.C. Highway 48 after a verbal altercation with Charles Edward Hockaday and Alston Lamont Parker.

Hockaday, 29, and Parker, 23, both of Roanoke Rapids, are on the loose. Detectives warned the men are considered armed and dangerous.

Hockaday was one of four suspects in the April 2008 killing of 29-year-old Jerry Wayne Yellorday. Charges against all four were dropped last October after a judge ruled that there was no probable cause to continue the case.

According to state Department of Correction records, Hockaday's 10-year-long criminal record includes convictions for common-law robbery and selling drugs.


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  • asksanta Oct 12, 2009

    We actually had two shootings, here in Roanoke Rapids yesterday...guess they didn't report the drive-by that happened after this.

  • oldscool Oct 12, 2009

    "Ossie" should get life for just having that haircut!

  • Professor Oct 12, 2009

    The officials need to catch these criminals and get them off the streets. Meanwhile, anyone hiding them should be charged too; for hiding criminals.

  • Eduardo1 Oct 12, 2009

    I can see the racism coming through. Look at the photos of those two model citizens. I can see how that Judge would rule the way he did.
    Oh, its o'k I just woke up with todo & I am back in Kansas
    Auntie Em, I did not mean to write those words, the wicked witch made me do it.

  • aintbackingdwn Oct 12, 2009

    Bo-Jobba time to get the posse together

  • Seeminglyopposed Oct 12, 2009

    Is this probable cause enough? I have always wondered can judges pay to pass the bar exam? But do know one thing for sure, some people are just good at passing test, and not good at job by which the test entailed for them to pass, prime examples of some of the things that judges do when they set some of these criminals free to commit more serious deadly crimes.

  • Just the facts mam Oct 12, 2009

    The Judge should be put into prison!

  • auto3440 Oct 12, 2009

    Well Mr. Judge, please start using better judgment.

  • workingforthosethatwont Oct 12, 2009

    he must have had a bad childhood with abusive parents, (if he even knew who they were)
    it's obvious this animal has been given far to many breaks in previous altercations with the law. he should be behind bars.

  • Beach4Me Oct 12, 2009

    I agree, these stories are getting old. Good old fashioned justice is what we need.