Police on Tuesday charged a 26-year-old Four Oaks man with the shooting death of a South Carolina man who was in the area last week visiting his brother.
Marcus Anthony Currie has been charged with first-degree murder for the April 2 shooting death of Michael Lorenzo Joyner, 34, of Columbia, S.C. Princeton Police Chief Tyrone Sutton made the announcement in a news release.
Princeton police, Johnston County sheriff's deputies and State Bureau of Investigation officials apprehended Currie at his home at about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday.
The shooting happened just after 4:30 p.m. April 2 in the 300 block of S. Elm St. in the small Johnston County town of Princeton. Officers found Joyner, who was wearing body armor, lying face down in the road with gunshot wounds to his head, hand and both legs. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Police said Joyner had visited Princeton to check on his brother, but they have not said if the visit or the body armor were connected to the shooting.
Sutton has said witnesses told police that an argument involving several people had occurred before the shooting. He did not disclose a possible motive after Currie's arrest Tuesday.
Three days after the shooting, investigators obtained a warrant for Currie's arrest. Sutton said Currie had been released from prison on Sept. 17 after spending three years behind bars for multiple convictions: habitual felon, habitual misdemeanor assault, possession of a firearm by a felon and speeding to elude arrest.