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One charged, one sought in fatal Chatham shooting

Posted July 1, 2013

— Chatham County deputies were searching Monday for a Sanford man in connection with a fatal shooting near Bear Creek early Saturday.

Deputies responding to a shots-fired call at 530 Mays Chapel Church Road found Roosevelt Terell Dixon, 25, of Sanford, walking in the road with a gunshot wound to his leg and found Roger Torran Smith Jr., 35, of Moncure, dead in a vehicle at the intersection of Mays Chapel Church Road and James Goldston Road.

Witnesses said the two men had been at a party that broke up around 1 a.m., and investigators said they believe the shootings were drug- or gang-related.

Dixon, who was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill for treatment, was charged Sunday with first-degree murder. Deputies also obtained a warrant charging Jovon Maurice Marks, 33, of Sanford, with murder.

Marks wasn't in custody as of Monday afternoon. Any with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office at 919-542-6116. Deputies said he should be considered armed and dangerous.


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  • 678devilish Jul 1, 2013

    He will not be smiling when caught, betha on that!

  • The Carolina Sweetheart Jul 1, 2013

    The family of Roger "Lump" Smith Jr. (my classmate) deserves closure. If ANYONE knows where Jovan is hiding,it is your responsibility to come forth and turn him in. This is certainly a tragedy. Moncure is so small and these families have to see each other every single day. It is time to put the guns down! One young man is dead and two others are probably going to spend the rest of their lives in jail. Guns and violence is NOT the answer! We have to do better people! Praying for the Smith family as well as the Crump/Dixon families...

  • 678devilish Jul 1, 2013

    A tragedy indeed and yet in Chatham. Someone knows where this man is hiding. You will be charged for doing so.