LUMBERTON — A traffic accident Thursday evening on N.C. 211 near Lumberton led to the discovery by law enforcement officers of a Red Springs woman who had been shot in the head and killed.
Red Springs Police Chief Troy McDuffie said this morning that the driver of the car, Kevin Marshell Robinson, 23, of the 50 block of Beck Street in Red Springs, has been charged with first degree murder in the case.
Found dead in the passenger seat of the car was Melanie Dianna Ray, 24, of 635 Murphy McLaurin Road, according to McDuffie. She had been shot once in the head.
Red Springs police took jurisdiction of the case after learning from investigating officers with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office that she had been shot in Red Springs.
McDuffie said his department was notified of the 7 p.m. accident near W.D. Locklear and West Carthage roads, about two miles northwest of Lumberton on N.C. 211. Robinson told sheriff’s deputies that he was taking Ray to the hospital when the accident occurred.
Robinson was initially arrested for driving under the influence, but after further questioning by Red Springs detectives, was charged with murder and with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, McDuffie said.
Robinson is being held without bond for the murder charge, and under $50,000 bond for the firearm charge.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death, McDuffie said, and the investigation is continuing.