LUMBERTON — A 22-year-old Lumberton man has been declared a fugitive after he failed to show up for his trial that was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, according to Erich Hackney, an investigator with the District Attorney’s Office.
Walter Morrell McKoy Jr., of 216 Graham Circle, is charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm in the city limits and possession of marijuana in the case, which is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Marty Duvall.
Hackney said McKoy, who had been out on $150,000 bond, appeared in court on Monday and was denied a motion that his court-appointed attorney be dismissed. The case was then scheduled for Tuesday, and when he failed to show, Superior Court Judge J. Gregory Bell issued an order for his arrest that would put him under a $1.1 million bond when he is captured.
McKoy’s name has been entered into the National Crime Information Center as a fugitive, which allows any law enforcement agency in the United States to apprehend him. Anyone with information as to McKoy’s whereabouts should contact local law enforcement agency immediately. The Lumberton Police Department can be reached at 910-671-3845.
The charges stem from a March 31, 2015, incident on the 1900 block of Lambert Street during which William Covington, 21, was shot and killed. Detective Derek Evans of the Lumberton Police Department led the investigation, and was assisted by Hackney.