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Suspect In Dogfight-Related Shooting Arrested In Virginia

Posted March 10, 2006

— The suspect in a deadly shooting that, authorities say, happened at a Johnston County dogfight was arrested Thursday night in Virginia.

Sheriff's deputies say 26-year-old Keon Rowe of Johnston County shot and killed Danny Edwards after an argument over a pit bull.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force and detectives with the Johnston County Sheriff's Office were investigating a house in Suffolk, Va., where they believed Rowe to be located.

When they entered the house, they said Rowe was attempting to flee. He was taken into custody and was taken to the Suffolk County Jail, where he currently awaits extradition back to North Carolina. He faces first-degree murder charges.

On Feb. 24, they found Edwards dead and discovered a dogfighting operation involving nearly 50 dogs.

The dogs were seized in Halifax County from a separate dogfighting case. Investigators said the animals were trained to fight to the death.

Deputies arrested the homeowner, Triston Hinson, and charged him with promoting dogfighting.

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