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Durham Man Charged With Murder in Shooting of Woman

Posted December 7, 2007
Updated December 8, 2007

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— Orange County sheriff's deputies Friday night charged a Durham man with first-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found shot and lying in leaves along a dirt road earlier in the day.

Authorities found the body of Ebony Chatell Robinson, 21, along Wrenn Road, not far from the Durham County line.

Deputies charged Kenneth Earl White, 39, of 4020 Sudbury Road in Durham with murder. He was being held in the Orange County Jail under no bond.

Authorities identified White in arrest papers as a utility worker, and they said he was employed by Duke University. They did not disclose what led them to White or if he knew Robinson. She lived on the same street as White, they said.

A witness called 911 after she heard shots fired around 11 a.m. Friday on Wrenn Road, a dead-end road that leads to a mobile-home park off University Station Road.

Orange County deputies said they were trying to determine if Robinson died where she was found or if she had been brought from elsewhere.

Resident Sal Notromaso said he heard several shots fired, but he thought they were fired by hunters, who are common in the rural area. However, his neighbor's alertness soon brought the deputies.

"She saw a car back out of the road real fast and take off," Notromaso said. "Then my son went to take out the garbage and said, 'There's somebody laying in the corner there.'"

Notromaso said one of the woman's hands was clenched when he looked at her body.