ROCKINGHAM — Two men wanted in connection to a weekend shooting are now behind bars.
According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, 34-year-old Warren Tyrone Covington and 36-year-old Marion Tavares Ellerbe turned themselves in Wednesday afternoon.
Covington and Ellere, both convicted felons, are accused of shooting 31-year-old Kenneth Tremayne Williams, who was found lying in the road on Cherokee Street in the Piney Grove community around 5:48 p.m. Sunday, Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge said earlier this week.
Williams was airlifted to a trauma center for treatment, where he remained on Thursday, according to Gulledge, who added the victim appeared to have suffered three gunshot wounds.
The two suspects were each charged with attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon and booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $150,000 secured bond. Online records show they are scheduled to appear in court on those charges April 21.
Records show Covington has a court appearance the following day on additional misdemeanor charges of assault on a female and communicating threats.
According to a warrant, Covington assaulted a woman on Dec. 2 by “grabbing her by the arms, snatching her up and pushing her against the wall several times” and threatened to beat her, saying, “I don’t care if you are pregnant.”
Ellerbe also has an April 13 court date on an infraction for allegedly failing to wear a seat belt.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
Covington was released from prison in April 2004 after serving nearly six months on felony convictions of possession of Schedule II drugs and maintaining a place for a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer, all in Richmond County, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.
Ellerbe completed probation on a September 2014 assault on a female conviction in Richmond County and May 2002 convictions of possession of stolen goods, attempted possession of stolen goods, aiding and abetting the possession of stolen goods and misdemeanor maintaining a place for a controlled substance in Richmond County.
He served a 45-day prison sentence on 1998 Richmond County convictions including operating a vehicle without a license and reckless driving and received a 30-day sentence on a 1998 Wake County conviction for driving while license revoked after violating probation on those convictions, according to state records.
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