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Man charged in Spring Lake homicide

Detectives have obtained a first-degree murder warrant for a 26-year-old man wanted in the February killing of a Spring Lake man.

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Ryan Scott White
SPRING LAKE, N.C. — Detectives arrested and charged a 26-year-old man Thursday in the February killing of a Spring Lake man, authorities said.

Ryan Scott White was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Horace Rufus Epps, 54. Epps was found in the roadway on the 1300 block of Gary Street on Feb. 15. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds, was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he later died.

Epps was seen leaving a Walmart in Spring Lake with a man about 30 minutes before he was found shot. Investigators have not said if Epps was with White at the business.

White was being held without bond at the Cumberland County Detention Center and is expected to make his first court appearance Friday morning.

Anyone with information regarding the crime is asked to contact Spring Lake police at 910-436-0350 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.


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