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UPDATE: Fourth man arrested in connection to Columbus County murder


TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) -- A fourth Whiteville man, Charles Thomas Little, 19, has been arrested by the Columbus County Sheriff's Office in connection with the Murder of Lee Travis Wright.

Little, who faces Murder and Robbery charges, was taken into custody during a search warrant executed this afternoon at Sandy Ridge Apartments. The warrant was served by investigators and the Columbus County SWAT team. Little attempted to flee on foot, but quickly surrendered to authorities without resistance.

He has been booked into jail with no bond and will have first appearance on Monday.

Columbus County Sheriff's deputies previously arrested three other Whiteville men in connection with the deadly shooting of Lee Travis Wright near Tabor City.

Those three men are charged with murder and conspiracy to commit robbery after confessing to investigators. Additional charges could be on the way.

Deputies arrested Darrius Dequan Hunter, 20, and his brother Demoncrick Hunter, 23. The two live together at 2421 Golf Course Rd. The third man charged is Christopher Frione, 29, of 4726 Pleasant Plains Church Rd.

The men made their first court appearances Friday morning. They are in jail without bond.

The investigation doesn't end here. Deputies are still asking for tips related to the crime Tuesday that left one man dead and sent another to the hospital. Anyone with information should call (910) 642-6551.

Just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to reports of shots fired at 332 Shug Norris Rd., east of Tabor City. That's where they found the body of Wright, 20, and Johnathan Elgin Long, 25, badly wounded.

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