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Pawn shop murder suspects back in Fayetteville

Posted November 12, 2010 12:40 p.m. EST
Updated November 12, 2010 6:53 p.m. EST

— Two suspects charged in the fatal shooting of a pawn shop clerk last weekend were extradited from Washington, D.C., to North Carolina on Friday.

Cedric Theodis Hobbs Jr., 29, and Alexis Mattocks, 20, are charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the death of Kyle Harris.

Fayetteville police say Harris, 19, was working at Cumberland Pawn Shop last Saturday when Hobbs and Mattocks robbed the store, shot Harris and stole his car.

Investigators believe Hobbs and Mattocks went to the store because they were in need of a car after the SUV they were driving broke down.

The pair was arrested in Washington hours later, and Fayetteville investigators say Hobbs confessed to the killing, as well as to a homicide in McDuffie County, Ga.

Rondriako Burnett, 22, was found Saturday morning along a road about 30 miles west of Augusta, Ga., and the SUV Hobbs and Mattocks were in belonged to him, investigators said.

Al Reeves, an investigator with the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office, said Friday that it appears the weapon in Harris’ death was the same one used to shoot Bennett in the face.

Hobbs and Mattocks are expected to remain at the Cumberland County Detention Center until trial. They will be tried first in North Carolina because the state was the first to extradite them.

Both are expected to make their first court appearance Monday.

Fayetteville police said Hobbs and Mattocks had their 9-month-old child with them at the time of Harris’ death. Other family members are caring for the child now, authorities said.

Harris was a sophomore sociology student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Friends said he had wanted to go to law school and had been working at the pawn shop on weekends to help pay his way through school.