NC Man Indicted For Murder In Businessman's Death

A grand jury has indicted a North Carolina man on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of a Roanoke Rapids man in his loan office.

The Daily Herald reports the indictment was issued Thursday against 26-year-old Gene Hawkins.

Authorities say Hawkins went into 69-year-old Shelby Salmon's business in Roanoke Rapids in February 2006, forcing him to lay on the ground, then shooting him in the back of the head.

Police say the killing went unsolved for nearly 2 1/2 years until a tip led them to Hawkins, who was already behind bars on unrelated charges.

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