Carthage homicide suspect captured

A man is behind bars without bond accused of murdering a Southern Pines man, according to a statement from Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields.

Authorities were searching for a suspect in the homicide case since Friday morning when they found William Earl Jones Wright, Jr. 32, unresponsive lying beside a house in the 100 block of Merritt Drive outside of Carthage. Wright died at the scene from injuries he sustained from a shooting.

Moore County Sheriff Detectives arrested Elijah Frederick, 22, of Carthage, on Wednesday and charged him with murder, possession with the intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance, felony possession of marijuana, and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia.

“If you or anyone you know has information that may assist with the investigation, please call the Moore County Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip Line at (910) 947-4444,” said Fields.

The suspect has a Nov. 25 court date and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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