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Three Found Shot to Death Execution Style; Two...

Posted March 3, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Investigators questioned two suspects Tuesday about a coldly executed triple murder at a rural home near Zebulon that authorities believe involved drugs.

Authorities said the killings were drug-related and carried out execution-style, with two of the victims being shot in the head after they were forced to lie face down. The third victim, a 14-year-old boy, was shot in the face.

Baker said a man and a woman were being questioned today in connection with the slayings.

The victims were identified as Robin Watkins, 37, of Raleigh; and Dewayne Rogers, 34, and Damian Armstrong, 14, all of Zebulon. The bodies were found by a sheriff's deputy in Rogers' home shortly after 9 p.m. Monday after a neighbor summoned authorities, Baker said.

``It was very vicious,'' Baker said. ``It appeared the two individuals, the Caucasian female and the black male, Rogers, were made to lie face-down and shot in the back of the head.''

He said Armstrong was found in another room, shot in the face.

Baker said investigators suspect a drug-related motive for the shootings, but declined to comment further on that aspect of the investigation.

The two suspects were arrested early today, but Baker would not say where. A blue car was seen driving away from the scene. A blue car was found abandoned near an intersection of Rosenberg and Fairchild roads.

Thomas Holloway, who lives near where the slayings occurred, called the incident ``disheartening.''

``It's a pretty quiet area,'' Holloway said. ``I've lived here for 13 years, and I love it here.''

Wake County sheriff's deputies found the bodies inside 9712 Fairchild Road just south of the Franklin County line. The shooting was reported about 9 p.m. Monday. -- From staff and wire reports