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Two arrested, charged in 2015 murder in Robeson County home invasion

Posted September 15, 2020 5:48 p.m. EDT

Ismul Hines and Kenneth McCoy (Robeson County Sheriff's Office photos)

— Two more people have been arrested and are facing charges in connection to a 2015 murder in a home invasion in Robeson County.

Ismul Hines, 43, of Charlotte, and Kenneth McCoy, 26, of Laurinburg, have been charged in the murder of Rodney Murphy, 51, of Maxton, on Sept. 28, 2015. Investigators with the Robeson County Sheriff's Office said Murphy was found dead in a home in the 3300 block of Shaw Road in St. Pauls of a gunshot wound. Two other men were shot and a woman was assaulted in the incident.

Hines and McCoy are charged with first-degree murder, four counts of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and seven counts of kidnapping. Hines is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

McCoy and Hines were each placed in the Robeson County Jail without bond on the murder charge. Hines was given a $1.4 million secured bond on the other charges while McCoy was given a $1.35 million secured bond on his remaining charges.

Quatrell D. Nicholson, 29, and Carson B. Brown, 31, both of Laurinburg, were arrested in 2016 in connection with Murphy’s death. Nicholson and Brown were also charged with first-degree murder, four counts of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and seven counts of kidnapping. Nicholson and Brown remain in custody.

Robeson County District’s Attorney’s Office, Laurinburg Police Department and Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department assisted with the investigation.

Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to contact the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Division at 910-671-3100 or 910-671-3170.        

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