Woman charged with murder in Rockingham’s first homicide of the year

Gavin Stone | Daily Journal Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly speaks with other officers at the scene of a murder on Gore Drive early Thursday afternoon.
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ROCKINGHAM — A woman is facing a murder charge following a shooting early Thursday afternoon.

Rockingham Police responded to a home on Gore Drive around 12:30 p.m. after receiving a 911 call in reference to a gunshot victim, according to Detective Shawn Paxton, public information officer.

Robby Hall, director of the Department of Social Services, said he and staff members heard the shots and called 911.

Upon arrival, officers attempted to give aid to the victim, Paxton said, “unfortunately the victim succumbed to the gunshot wound and was pronounced dead” FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital-Richmond.

The name of the victim was not released Thursday because next of kin had yet to be notified.

Two hours after the call, police were still at the location, including Chief Billy Kelly, investigating the shooting and interviewing witnesses, with crime scene tape cordoning off the crime scene.

Officers arrested 40-year-old Lanetta Peguese at the scene on a charge of first-degree murder. She is being held in the Richmond County Jail without bond.

No other details of the case were made available.

Online records with the North Carolina Court System and Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Peguese has no other pending charges or prior convictions in the state.

This is the first homicide investigation of the year for the Rockingham Police Department and the second in Richmond County.

Walter Williams, of Laurel Hill, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Ervin Parks during a New Year’s gathering at a bar. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 25.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Gavin Stone | Daily Journal Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly speaks with other officers at the scene of a murder on Gore Drive early Thursday afternoon.
https://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_shotsfired-1.jpgGavin Stone | Daily Journal Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly speaks with other officers at the scene of a murder on Gore Drive early Thursday afternoon.

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Victim’s name withheld; suspect held without bond