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Police seek cell phone records in Domino's slaying

Posted February 3, 2010
Updated December 13, 2012

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— Authorities investigating the beating death of a Domino's assistant manager want the cell phone records of the ex-girlfriend of another pizza store employee's brother.

In a search warrant returned Tuesday, Knightdale police investigators say there were inconsistencies in the stories of Travis Melton Sherman and Anna Painter about communication the two had in the days following the crime.

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According to the warrant, Sherman's brother, Nicho D'Angelo Bowers, found Kenneth "Kenny" Ring, 24, on the floor of the Knightdale Domino's at 2001 Widewaters Parkway early Jan. 9.

Ring died of his injuries two days later.

Investigators say in the Jan. 22 warrant that Painter told them that Sherman had called her asking her to tell police that he was with her the night of Jan. 8.

"Painter advised that she asked Sherman why she needed to lie, and Sherman told her it wasn't important," it continues.

The two continued sending text messages in the following days, investigators say.

"Due to the timing and amount of text messages believed to have been sent between Travis Sherman and Anna Painter … it is reasonable to believe, based on the investigation, that Painter and Sherman are communicating about the crime …about each party's whereabouts and the time of the crime and each party's knowledge of what occurred at the Domino's Pizza that night," the warrant states.

The warrants, however, do not indicate whether Sherman or Painter is a suspect in the crime.

Knightdale police continue to seek information about the case and urge anyone with information, regardless of how insignificant it might seem, to contact them at 919-217-2261.

Investigators also want to speak to anyone who was in the area of the Widewaters Commons Shopping Center in Knightdale from midnight to 12:39 a.m. Jan. 9.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $17,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction.

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  • John Sawtooth Feb 4, 2010

    Gossip I've heard is that there WERE cameras in the store for a while, and a Domino's manager insisted they be removed (don't know what LEVEL of manager in the chain). Also that there was another VERY interesting pieve of evidence (I won't say what, it hasn't been released by police) that only a few people would have known about.

    AGREE STRONGLY on the fumbling of the phone # here - this sort of stuff DOES NOT NEED TO BE PUBLIC INFO. Such incompentence can easily taint a case. WRAL is capable of having high journalism standards - stick to that. In this case "publicly available" should be translated as "available to counsel of some party with a reason to need access to it." Not to gawkers reading a press story.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Feb 4, 2010

    It does seem odd that the brother of the employee that found Kenny felt he needed an alibi. Maybe he is innocent but has some history he worried would make him a suspect.

    Also, as I've said before, I was in there a few days before and saw something that I thought was a camera. Clearly that turned out to be wrong. What ever it was, it was in an odd spot in the ceiling. It appeared to be aimed at the cash register area.

  • NCStatePack Feb 4, 2010

    "How often do you go into a store and look for security cameras, and do you go to the lengths to see if any are hidden?"

    If I'm standing around waiting for a pizza, sure I look around. And the VAST majority of retail stores that have cameras don't want them hidden. They want the would-be criminals to be deterred by seeing them, rather than them assuming there are none and assaulting their store clerk.

    "When enough comes out that it shows a person did this then you can start defending them and try and put doubt. Do you not find it interesting..."

    Of course I find it interesting, but I'm not in the same boat with everyone else here that seems to think the case has been solved. Plus, is it not the job of the police to place their doubt first, so that they end up having a solid case instead of assuming guilt before innocence? Thank you for the belittling police procedure lecture though.

  • didisaythat Feb 4, 2010

    NCState,

    How often do you go into a store and look for security cameras, and do you go to the lengths to see if any are hidden? I don't know if it is an inside job or not...it is interesting these Facts are coming out. When enough comes out that it shows a person did this then you can start defending them and try and put doubt. Do you not find it interesting that the person that is trying to get the alibi is the brother of the person that found the victim. I do. Yes, it could probably be explained when looked at individually, but when other facts mount up then you have a suspect and then when all is done, hopefully you have a charge. Police work in a nutshell...

  • SweetB Feb 4, 2010

    wow. sad.

  • pebbles262004 Feb 4, 2010

    I sure hope that they find the person who did this

  • americanarticulator Feb 4, 2010

    I'll let time prove that this was an inside job; I just hope the guilty party is brought to justice.

  • 1trhl Feb 4, 2010

    Most restaurant chains have rules against managers working alone after closing up for the night. Generally, another employee stays in the store until the manager locks up and leaves for the night. Not sure of the rules of this particular franchise, but it's common practice in the industry. Another employee should have been present in the store.

  • NCStatePack Feb 4, 2010

    You don't have to be an employee of dominos to know they don't have cameras at that location. Any customer with half a brain can walk in and see there aren't any.

  • suckafree23 Feb 4, 2010

    Clearly it was an inside job. Only the employee's know there are no camera's in the store. Now after the murder everyone knows the whole shopping center doesn't have camera's.... It's 2010 people.... Learn from others mistakes and protect your employee's.

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