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Suspect in beating death surrenders

Posted December 26, 2008 9:01 p.m. EST
Updated December 27, 2008 6:37 a.m. EST

— A Hope Mills man wanted in the beating death of another man surrendered to sheriff's deputies late Friday, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Antonio Lamont Jones, 26, of 2929 Sterling St., faces charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. Jones is accused in the death of Dale Freeman Meredith on Christmas Eve.

Meredith was assaulted during an armed robbery on Trailwood Drive, off U.S. Highway 301, just outside the Fayetteville city limits. He was found Christmas day lying in a ditch.

He was flown from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he died Friday morning, according to the sheriff's office.

Jones has convictions for selling and possessing drugs in Cumberland County, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Jones was being held at the Cumberland County Jail without bond. His first court appearance was set for Monday.