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Arrest in Johnston County in 2004 Slaying

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SMITHFIELD, N.C. — An arrest in Smithfield on Tuesday cracked a 3-year-old murder case, Four Oaks police said.

They charged Matthew R. Erby, 22, of Wilmington with the 2004 stabbing death of Shelett Mary Curry of Smithfield.

Curry was found stabbed to death in a room of the Traveler’s Inn off I-95 on Feb. 29, 2004.

Police said they and State Bureau of Investigation agents had recently developed new information that led to Erby. He was arrested without incident in Smithfield, they said.

Police said the arrest did not close the case, and their investigation was continuing.

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