Robeson man charged in 2016 murder

By T.C. Hunter -

Charlton Townsend

FAIRMONT — A Robeson County man was arrested on Thursday and charged with a fatal shooting that took place last year during a festival in town, the town’s police chief said.

Charlton Townsend, of the Fairmont area, was arrested and charged in the death of 23-year-old Derion Hinson, of Fairmont, and in the shooting of Ricky Williams during the same incident, Chief Jon Edwards said. Both men were shot on May 7 during Fairmont’s May Day festival. Williams, who was 43 at the time of the shooting, survived.

Townsend, 32, was charged with second-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm in the city limits, and criminal damage to real property. Townsend remains in the Robeson County jail under a $1 million bond.

The Fairmont Police Department assisted the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office in making the arrest, Edwards said. Townsend was arrested at a residence on Pleasant Hope Road. Sheriff’s Investigator Scott Jacobs obtained the arrest warrants.

“Investigator Scott Jacobs with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, who was the investigator with the Fairmont Police Department at the time of the shooting, continuously worked on this case to bring closure to this tragic event,” Edwards said.

The shooting happened about 2 p.m. on May 7 in the parking lot of Four Points Convenient Mart on North Walnut Street. Witnesses told police two people had been shot during an altercation. When officers arrived, they found Hinson and Williams had both been shot and were lying in the parking lot. Both were taken to hospitals. Hinson died that night.

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