Two arrested in connection with Wilmington homicide

Hooper Street body found
Wilmington Police investigate the discovery of a man's body on Hooper Street on April 27, 2017. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department have charged two local men in the death of 47-year-old Steven Robert Barton who was found shot on Hooper St. Thursday morning.

According to a Wilmington Police Department spokesperson, Eric Nathan Partin, 26, and Jaquan Orlando Copeland, 25, have both been charged with First Degree Murder for Barton’s death.

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Police say Barton was found lying near the road by a recycling worker around 8 a.m Thursday morning.

When officers arrived they found Barton dead from a gunshot wound.