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'NC Wanted' Murder Suspect Caught in Drug Raid

Posted February 1, 2008 4:06 p.m. EST
Updated February 1, 2008 6:34 p.m. EST

— Police conducting a drug raid Friday caught a murder suspect who had been profiled by Fox 50's for a slaying in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

Officers searched an apartment in Dover for drugs. One resident told police his name was Jamal McDonald.

Fingerprints, however, identified the man as Henry Artez Richardson, of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., who was wanted for the May 22, 2007, killing of Charlie Donnell Pierce in Roanoke Rapids.

Dover police contacted the Halifax County Sheriff's Office, which confirmed Richardson's identity. Richardson will be detained pending the extradition process.

The sheriff's office said on Richardson, which aired two weeks ago, was instrumental in helping make the arrest.

Investigators said Richardson and Pierce got into a heated argument around 3:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Heights community.

Bystanders separated the men, but Richardson later found Pierce with a group playing cards outside a house on Stephenson Street. Richardson pulled out a handgun and shot Pierce twice, fatally wounding him, authorities charged.

Richardson fled the scene on foot and had been on the loose.