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Johnston Fatal Shooting Leads Authorities To Alleged Dog-Fighting Pit

Posted February 26, 2006 6:46 a.m. EST

— Johnston County authorities are investigating a fatal shooting that led them to a possible dog-fighting operation.

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    Authorities said Keon "Max" Rowe, 25, shot Danny Edwards, 31, of Kenly, around 9:30 p.m. Friday during an argument over a pit bull sale.

    Edwards was airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital, where he later died, Johnston County authorities said Sunday.

    When authorities arrived at the scene

    on Highway 42 near Clayton

    , they found almost 50 dogs and a pit underneath a barn on the property. There was also training equipment and dog medicines located at the scene.

    Authorities also arrested the homeowner, Triston Hinson, 34, Saturday and charged him with promoting dog-fighting as well as possessing cocaine. He was released from the Johnston County Jail after posting bond.

    Investigators are still searching for Rowe, who was last seen driving a white Mustang GT.