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Neighbor Denies Killing Rocky Mount Woman

Posted May 16, 2007
Updated May 17, 2007

— Police made an arrest Wednesday in connection with the slaying of a Rocky Mount woman.

Authorities went to the engine-repair shop where Andre Demetrius Vines, 27, of 1712 Fletcher Drive, worked and arrested him for the death of 65-year-old Ellen Sharpe. Investigators said Vines lived across the street from Sharpe.

Ellen Sharpe was found dead in her home in April. Police said Vines raped and killed his neighbor, then set her apartment on fire to hide the evidence. Authorities said they focused on Vines as a suspect early on and were awaiting results of tests performed on evidence taken from the scene.

Vines spoke with WRAL's Kelcey Carlson as he was being taken to jail, and he denied the charges.

Asked if he had killed Sharpe, Vines said, "No, ma'am, I didn't do it."

Police arrested him, he said, because, "They have a lot of circumstantial evidence, you know, and I suit their needs, I guess."

Vines told investigators that he had visited Sharpe at her home several times before, they said. Police found no signs of forced entry nor anything taken from Sharpe's home, which made them suspect she knew her killer. Investigators said they still did not know a motive even after arresting Vines.

Investigators also said Vines severed Sharpe's hands and took them from the scene. So far, police have not found them. The medical examiner ruled that Sharpe died of blunt-force trauma and strangulation.

Vines has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape, first-degree arson and robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was convicted in 1998 of robbery with a dangerous weapon and released from prison in 2005.

Police also said he had a criminal record that involved narcotics and assault, but they did not offer specifics.

Vines was expected to make his first court appearance Thursday.


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  • Malcontent May 18, 2007

    I know I don't, but according to your addy-tude you seem to know everything. Why don't YOU tell US?

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr May 17, 2007

    Oh you know what evidence they have? How bout share that with us so we can be more informed.

  • Malcontent May 17, 2007

    There was no motive. And they have circumstantial evidence. Circumstantial is NOT concrete. For all we know, the murderer could've been her grandson or someone else in her family. They would have the motive. To get Grandma's inheritance.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr May 17, 2007

    Malcontent, they didn't charge him because he has been in her house before, they charged him because they have probable cause that he killed her.

  • 2late May 17, 2007

    i don't think this animal (allegedly) is going to have very much fun in prison....can anyone say "target"?

  • JustDontUnderstandPpl May 17, 2007

    goodtimes_noodlesalad...you seem to have too much time on your hands.

  • Malcontent May 17, 2007

    "...Police found no signs of forced entry nor anything taken from Sharpe's home, which made them suspect she knew her killer." REALLY? I don't think Vines is the only person who knew and visited her. If they find concrete evidence that he did it, then, yeah, put him in jail. But, otherwise...

  • lboyette May 17, 2007

    this is a forum for discussion not "church",so if you have nothing better to do than report abuse your an abuser of that system.goodtimes__noodlesalad.Some people have gone off the deep end and some have valid things to say.my heart goes out to the person who was related to this innocent victim.Try to realize that the victims and accussers we are talking about have access to this forum like we do.

  • lboyette May 17, 2007

    hey TWIG,it's not "BLACK PEOPLE", It is African American.Black is the color of your tire on your car or truck.Why is this always about race?? One human being is accussed of killing another period.I hope none of you get picked for jury duty.

  • Coach K is GREAT May 17, 2007

    I think the 2 revs need to step in and demand the death penalty for this psycho!!!!!!!!!!!!