ROCKINGHAM — A man released from prison on assault and robbery convictions is now accused of being involved with a Winston-Salem homicide.
Richmond County Sheriff James E. Clemmons Jr. said in a release that 31-year-old Adrion Demare Whorley, of Safie First Avenue in East Rockingham, was identified by the Winston-Salem Police Department as a suspect in a homicide over the weekend.
Citing warrants, the Winston-Salem Journal reports that Whorley is accused of killing of 75-year-old John Douglas Agnew, whose dismembered body was found after police were called to make a welfare check at his home.
The department reached out to the sheriff’s office Thursday for assistance in locating Whorley, as officers from WSPD met up with deputies and began searching possible addresses where the suspect may have been, according to Clemmons.
The sheriff said Whorley was found at a Rockingham motel and taken into custody without incident. He was then taken before a Richmond County magistrate on charges of concealing a death and mistreatment of a corpse and then transported to the Forsyth County Jail.
According to those records, he is also charged with first-degree murder. Whorley is under a $100,000 secured bond for the concealment charge and has no bond for the murder charge.
He is scheduled to appear in court April 17.
According to the Journal, “Winston-Salem police are working with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and pathologists to determine whether Agnew’s death is connected to the human remains recovered in Randolph County.”
Whorely was released from prison Jan. 3 after serving more than 15 years on convictions of possessing stolen goods, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and multiple counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
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Adrion Whorley, 31, is accused of killing a dismembering a man in Winston-Salem over the weekend.