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Man given $2 million bond in Greenville murder

Published: Jul. 11, 2020 at 8:03 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2020 at 11:31 AM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A judge Tuesday morning gave a Greenville man a $2 million bond after he was charged with a weekend murder.

Roland Barrett, 41, was arrested Monday for the death of Leonard Shackleford, Sr.

On Saturday Greenville Fire-Rescue found Shackleford dead inside his residence on Roundtree Drive after they were called to the area for a gas leak.

Police say Barrett was an acquaintance of the 70-year-old Shackleford.

The judge set Barrett’s next court date for July 29th.

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Greenville Police have arrested a suspect and charged him with murder in a weekend homicide.

Police say 41-year-old Roland Barrett of Greenville is charged with an open count of murder in connection with the death of 70-year-old Leonard Shackleford Sr.

On Saturday Greenville Fire-Rescue found Shackleford dead inside his residence on Roundtree Drive after they were called to the area for a gas leak.

Police say Barrett is an acquaintance of Shackleford.

The case remains under investigation and additional charges are likely.

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The Greenville Police Department’s Major Crimes unit is investigating what they call a suspicious death.

According to a release, Greenville Fire/Rescue received a call for a gas leak around 1:00 p.m. Saturday at 504 B Roundtree Drive.

When they got there they found 70-year-old Leonard Shackleford, Sr. dead inside the home.

Greenville police say suspicious evidence at the scene has them treating the death as a homicide.

Detectives are waiting for an official cause of death from the Pitt County Medical Examiner’s office.

GPD Major Crimes is asking anyone who recently had contact with the victim to call Detective Verdin at 252-329-4300.

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