A fifth suspect in a May 29 shooting that killed a man near Dunn has been taken into custody and now faces conspiracy and other related charges. Rokayla Sharecka Ray, 27, is confined in the Harnett County Detention Center under a million dollar bond.
Investigators arrested Ray of Erwin Monday afternoon in connection with the shooting death of 21-year-old Demetrius Monte Johnson, according to Harnett County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Aaron Meredith.
Ray is charged with felony conspiracy and accessory after the fact.
Four men have also been charged in the case and are accused of shooting Johnson while he drove his car on U.S. Highway 301 in Dunn on the afternoon of May 29.
Officers responded to a 911 call around 3:40 p.m. that day to find Johnson dead from an apparent gunshot wound in his car that came to a stop near 4367 U.S. 301, according to police reports.
In the days following the shooting, investigators charged 29-year-old Tony Junior Williams, 19-year-old Travonta Malik Sittle, 20-year-old Isaiah Shantrell Wilson and 29-year-old Tabies Quamine Holiday, all of Erwin, with first-degree murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle. The four were also each charged with attempted murder since another occupant was in the car at the time of the shooting.
The attempted murder charges appear to have been dropped in the case, according to online court records. But Williams, Sittle, Wilson and Holiday still face charges of first-degree murder and felony counts of shooting into an occupied, moving vehicle. The four are set to appear in court again on Sept. 9.
The men are accused of following Johnson on U.S. 301 before firing fatal shots through the rear window of Johnson’s car.
While no motive for the shooting has been publicly released by investigators, Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats indicated earlier the shooting of Johnson could be connected to an incident in Erwin during the early morning hours of May 28, the day before Johnson was shot.
That was when someone fired shots into a house located at 725 W. M St., around 1:45 a.m., according to police.
Shell casings were found on the ground outside the home, leading investigators to suspect the shooter, or shooters, were either standing outside the residence or firing from the windows of a vehicle when it happened.
Ray is set to appear in court Wednesday on felony charges of conspiracy and being an accessory after the fact to murder.