NEW INFO: Man Shot, Dog Killed In Martin County Robbery

A man who got out of prison less than six months ago is back behind bars, accused of shooting another man and killing that man's dog during a robbery early Monday morning.

Martin County deputies have charged Roylin Beale of Greenville with first degree burglary, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, and felony cruelty to animals.

Deputies say they got a call around 1:40 a.m. to Cherry Cemetery Lane in Bear Grass. They found John Cherry with a gunshot to the leg and two other victims in the home, who were not injured. Cash and prescription pills were taken and Cherry's dog was shot in the head and killed by one of the gunman.

Beale was arrested around 4:00 a.m. near Bear Grass Road and Ralph Taylor Road. Two other suspects are still on the run, while Beale is in jail on $1,000,000 bond.

Department of Correction records show Beale was paroled in June after serving 4 years and 3 months in prison on an armed robbery charge from Pitt County. He was also convicted in 2003 for 2nd degree burglary from Beaufort County and served 10 months in prison.


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  • by Sarah Location: Williamston on Jan 12, 2010 at 01:08 PM
    This is all a bunch of BS. Now "poor" Johnny Cherry has a boo boo on his leg and is trying to get disabiliy. Thats you and me folks. Why should we support a drug dealing adult that only got wat he deserved. Not only does he put himself and his mother in danger, he frequently has his minor children there. What are the courts thinking allowing to care for small children???????
  • by One In a Million Location: His Heart, NC on Dec 25, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    I just want to say Merry Christmas. It sucks that this is how you have to spend it but when we make decisions in life we have to deal with the consequences. Just know that I'm here praying for you each and everyday. If God sees you through this then you know a change needs to come. I'll love you always! Your One In A Million
  • by Anonymus Location: Greenville on Dec 16, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    This is a very sad case. I will be praying for Mr. Cherry and Roylin. Roylin had such a bright future ahead of him. God has given him such a wonderful gift. I tried to help him as much as i could to stay focus and follow his dream. Earlier last month i told him about an event and he could come and perform. He was so exicted and said he would start working on music. That was the last time i spoke to him. I guess he got his number changed. This shows me that as much as you want people to change and turn there life around it means nothing if they don't want it. Not saying that he didn't want it. I know that he is in jail wondering why he missed up again. I want him to know that your life is not over because a people tell you that it is. When he realize who he can be then the change that he wants will come. You never stop praying for anyone!!! None of us do not where we would have been if it wasn't for prays. Mr. Cherry i don't know you but get well soon you are in my prayers.
  • by Anon on Dec 15, 2009 at 08:07 PM
    WITN INFO> Suspects were riding by the Cherry residence in a brown tahoe with dual exhaust supposedly from windsor Ashley Holiday and Kevion Barnes were in the vehicle that came into the yard that night I believe they think there is a bag in the woods behind the house Maybe planning to go back up there PLease inform the Martin County Sheriff Department to look into this matter before someone else gets hurt. Thank You..If needing more info on this matter please post to Jimmy Rae
  • by S Location: ENC on Dec 13, 2009 at 06:31 PM
    The problem with society today is that each & every lowlife thug always comes up with some excuse as to why they prey on others...In the Court system you hear it all the time,...poor poor Mr. Beale,he had a hard life...well,boo hoo hoo...if his life is that hard,then hopefully he will stay in prison forever where he gets free food & shelter at the expense of taxpayers...Or even better,his next victim may be a expert shot....Now THAT WOULD BE JUSTICE!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2009 at 09:13 PM
    TO nikki- I am a christain man but if one of my loved ones or innocent person was in danger I would take any means possible to protect them wether it was immediate or life in prison for the criminal,you are saying you would stand by, watch and let God handle the situation or detain them for a short while over and over again."Think" for a moment if your sibling, mother or loved one were in danger,would you standby and let God handle the situation? He gave us the ability to defend ourselves when needed.Example: mother protecting a baby; doctors helping us when we are ill and so on. PLEASE REPLY!
  • by Emily Location: Williamston on Dec 12, 2009 at 06:09 PM
    I beg to differ...it has nothing to do with being southern. It's a matter of being an indecent human being with no compassion for others. Those people exist everywhere, not just in the south.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2009 at 04:17 PM
    Typical southern behavior
  • by william Location: nc on Dec 12, 2009 at 02:30 PM
    i agree with Mark, if he hurt my family or dogs he would not stand a chance, put him away for a very long time and this time don't let him out!!!!!!!!!!
  • by DONT MATTER on Dec 12, 2009 at 01:40 PM
    This is whats wrong with the whole world. Just let these type of people out over and over and cant figure out the it is full of crime and hate!!!!
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