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Driver charged in Domino's manager's beating death

Posted September 29, 2010

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— Knightdale police have arrested and charged a former Domino's Pizza delivery driver and two other men in the January beating death of an assistant manager at the pizza chain's Knightdale store.

Travis Melton Sherman, 21, and Nicho D'Angelo Bowers, 20, both of 1916 Indianwood Court in Raleigh, were charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of Kenneth Edward "Kenny" Ring.

A third suspect, Christopher Thomas, 35, of Wilmington, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with murder.

Ring, 24, was attacked during a Jan. 9 robbery at the Domino's Pizza store on Widewaters Parkway in Knightdale, where he worked. He died two days later.

"I can't thank both the district attorney's office and the Knightdale police for their, basically, tireless efforts on this," Ring's father, Dan Ring, said Wednesday. "It's been some tough times, but none of us have given up (hope that an arrest would be made)."

According to January search warrants in the case, Bowers, who worked briefly at the store, told police he called 911 after he found Ring on the floor in the manager's office when he returned from a delivery shortly after 12:30 a.m.

Shawn Brown, chief of Knightdale Public Safety, said Wednesday that Ring had been in the store by himself at the time and had been hit multiple times in the head with a baseball bat.

Arrest warrants also indicate that $1,502 had been stolen from the store.

Travis Sherman and Nicho Bowers Suspects charged in Knightdale pizza store death

"We had a few different theories of how things may have happened, motives and things along that line," Brown said. "The one that we concluded with—the robbery that went wrong – is the one that we ended up with."

"Kenny became a victim in this case," he added.

Sherman, Bowers and Thomas were also each charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Sherman also faces a charge of obstructing justice.

They were in the Wake County jail Wednesday.

"(It's a) relief, just complete elation that they have finally started the process of bringing closure to this," said Pat O'Leary, who owns the Domino's store. "It's been a nightmare. I think about it every day. It's been eight and a half months."

In the days and weeks following the crime, the store put police fliers on pizza boxes, and Ring's family members pleaded with the public in efforts to help solve the crime, emphasizing that no tip was insignificant.

Both Bowers and Sherman were mentioned in a Jan. 22 search warrant for investigators to get cell phone records from Sherman's ex-girlfriend, Anna Painter.

Investigators said there were inconsistencies in Sherman and Painter's stories about communication the two had in the days following the crime.

Painter told investigators that Sherman had called her, asking her to tell police that he was with her the night of Jan. 8, the warrant says.

The two continued texting in the following days, leading police to believe they were communicating about the crime.

Brown said Wednesday that investigators haven't ruled out more arrests.

"There may be some other warrants that we go for, as far as obstruction of justice warrants, but we're going to work with the district attorney and find out what our best route for those will be," he said.

According to state Department of Correction records, Bowers was convicted in January 2007 of possession of a weapon on a school campus. Sherman was sentenced to probation in January for underage drinking and driving offenses.

"These are bad people to begin with," Dan Ring said. "Not only for Kenny's sake, but just everybody else in the community – to have people like this off the street is a good thing."


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  • kimhring Oct 5, 2010

    Thank you to all...We are still in the very beginning of a still very long road. These three need to pay for what they have done to our son. Having knowledge of the arrest is great but there is so much more involved. Let the truth lay and the responsible pay. Justice will be served! Many thanks to all who have supported Dan, Casey and myself through this. Please know that without the help of you all these bad men would still be living a life of NO remorse. I find it hard to believe they could sleep at night. Thank you all again...Kenny's Mom ~Kim

  • johnnythornton Sep 30, 2010

    Decent People wonder how a life could be devalued in the way that Kenny Rings was. How about Eve Carson. It began when our Government started subsidizing irresponsible behavior. The social welfare safety net that was created 45 years and +6 trillion dollars ago is now bearing fruit. A bitter fruit it is. We have socially engineered a dysfunctional permanent underclass. We have misdirected societal evolution. We have propagated a class of citizen totally ignorant of consequences and void of compassion. A class of citizen that are blind to opportunity. Social safety nets affect how we behave and our ability to think critically. Another comparison is how the government sponsored (mountain and sea rescue) has encourage people to take more risk with extreme outdoor adventures. Liberals and progressives are responsible for the welfare class. There will be many more of these senseless types of crimes and people will scratch their heads and wonder why. Wake up America.

  • ncguy Sep 30, 2010

    all this for a measely amount of money!

    How sad!

    1 dead and 3 more with their life thrown away...

  • Thhhbbbppppttt..... Sep 30, 2010

    This is "the accused's" facebook post on the day Mr. Ring Died, feel the compasion...... " Nico Bowers: My scars remind me that my past is real. Sucks even more when you scar yourself. On top of that I lost my f* *king (sic) job, maybe one of these days the pieces to the puzzle will connect, and I'll be able to be one again. FML.
    January 11 at 3:01am"
    What a waste of oxygen...........

  • j-lo93 Sep 30, 2010

    Hoping the family will find some peace now.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Sep 30, 2010

    I wonder how many would object to hanging those involved this afternoon? We could really cut down on violent crimes if we got tough on violent criminals.

    Thoughts and prayers certainly go out to the Ring family!

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Sep 30, 2010

    Mr Ring
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    I have a child the same age. I do not understand how parents can cope with such pain.
    I will be following this story.
    Justice must be served!
    Lock them up forever..no parole...

  • PanthersFan45 Sep 29, 2010

    I'm not surprised at all that the arrest involved an employee. I have ordered pick-up at a Dominos near me and it is locked every time I go to pick up my pizza . They have to "buzz" or unlock the door from the counter to allow you to open it and let you in. I would be willing to bet this location was no different. I'm glad they caught these guys and got them off the street. Good job as well by the Knighdale police force for exploring all leads and staying active on the case, A++.

  • eccgc Sep 29, 2010

    Mr. Ring, I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how painful this has been for you and your family. I hope justice is served.

  • amm0327 Sep 29, 2010

    its kills me to watch Travis and Nico walk into the court room and not even show any remorse in there eyes as if they have done nothing wrong... i do pray for Kenny's family and thank the knightdale PD for catching them.