Arrest made in New Year’s Day murder

First Posted: 1/5/2015

LUMBERTON — A Fairmont man has been charged with killing an 81-year-old on New Year’s Day while no arrests have been made in Robeson County’s final murders of 2014.

Timothy Ray Ivey, 23, was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing James Hunt at Hunt’s home on Gardenia Drive in Lumberton, according to an arrest report.

Ivey is also charged with stealing Hunt’s firearm during an altercation on New Year’s Day, according to Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives for the Sheriff’s Office.

Thompson said the motive for the murder is unclear.

According to Thompson, Hunt was found dead in his home by a neighbor at about 11:40 a.m. on Thursday.

Ivey, who lives on Centerville Church Road in Fairmont, was jailed at the Robeson County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

In a separate incident, no arrests have been made in a Dec. 26 shooting that killed 28-year-old Jimmy Marrisoll Powers at Williams Convenience Store at 18012 N.C. 130 in Orrum. The shooting also injured the store’s operator, Montrial Williams, and another customer, Quillan Inman.

Williams’ injuries are not considered life-threatening. Inman was taken to Duke University Medical Center, which does not release the conditions of victims of violent crimes.

Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said investigators are trying to determine whether the shooting was spurred by a robbery, or if it was gang-related.

Anyone with information about the murder should call the Robeson County Sheriff’s Department at 910-671-3100.

In Lumberton, police continue to seek a 19-year-old wanted in connection with the shooting death and attempted robbery of a 29-year-old found dead in his car on Wednesday.

Artiz Quante Bowden is accused in warrants of first-degree murder, armed robbery, shooting into an occupied property and two counts of felony conspiracy.

After 29-year-old Rafat Abdelaziz was mortally injured, a woman who was with him drove to Liberty convenience store on Fayetteville Road to get help. She has said that two men tried to rob them on Furman Drive and shot Abdelaziz during that attempt.

Corey Matthew Deese, 22, of Elizabethtown Road, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, shooting intoan occupied property and two counts of felony conspiracy.

Anyone with information on the Lumberton shooting should call Lumberton police Detective Lee Hinson at 910-671-3845.