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Moore County murder victim was staying in house with suspect's sons

Posted July 21, 2016 9:45 a.m. EDT
Updated July 21, 2016 5:44 p.m. EDT

— Moore County deputies arrested a 27-year-old murder suspect on Thursday after he was charged earlier in the day with another man's death.

Deputies responded early Thursday morning to a homicide at a home off Eagle Springs Road, the second such case in as many days, according to the Aberdeen Times. Sheriff's deputies were at the home at 290 Sand Pit Park Drive around 5:30 a.m. in response to a shooting. The home is roughly three miles east of U.S. Highway 74.

Responders found a victim in the home who had been shot to death. Sheriff Neil Godfrey identified the victim as Robert Dewey Powell.

Antonio Deshawn Robinson, 27, was charged with the murder following a six hour search when his father turned him over to police just after noon Thursday.

Authorities said Robinson pounded on the door and forced his way inside the Eagle Springs Road home, where his two small children and their mother lived.

The mother, Tatiana Parker, told WRAL News that Powell was her new boyfriend and had been staying with her at the house for the past two weeks.

Robinson and Parker's sons, ages 1 and 4, were inside the home during the shooting, but did not witness it.

On Wednesday, a 76-year-old man was also found shot to death at his home in Aberdeen. Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey identified the victim as Dallis L. Kellis.

On Monday, deputies found 22-year-old Meghan Burum dead in the back seat of her car in Cameron. Investigators said it appears she was given an overdose of drugs. Ivory Eugene Robinson, 33, was charged with murder in that case.

Godfrey said it's almost unheard of to have three murders in the county in just four days, but he does not believe any of the incidents are connected.

"It's just a coincidence that we've had this number of murders in this brief period of time," he said.

Anyone with information about the location of Robinson should call the Moore County Sheriff's Office at 910-947-2931.