Former New Bern man charged with murder in burned body case

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A former New Bern resident has been charged with murder and the victim has been identified in the Craven County burned body case.

Norris Rochelle Jr., 23, has been charged with the murder of 40-year-old Nicholas Williams.

According to a press release, Forsyth County deputies went to 735 Hallmark Drive, Rural Hall, for reports of a missing person. Williams was reportedly last seen on Sunday.

On Tuesday, investigators were notified that a burned body found in Craven County was a possible match of Williams. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office learned that Rochelle, who was the victim's roommate, was responsible for his disappearance.

Authrotiies believe the murder actually happened in Rural Hall. Rochelle is being held in Forsyth County without bond.

Court documents say Rochelle moved to Rural Hall seven months ago from New Bern.

Peter Schocker, of New Bern, is charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes says Williams' body was dismembered and placed in plastic bags. The sheriff says Schocker then brought the body to Craven County where he disposed of it on Beaman Road and set the fire.

After a brief court appearance today, Schocker is being held on a $1 million bond. His next day in court is March 6th.


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Sheriff Chip Hughes tells WITN that 21-year-old Peter Schocker, of New Bern, is in custody and charged with accessory after the fact of murder in the death of a person, whose body was found burning along a Craven County roadside Monday night.

Hughes says Schocker confessed to being involved in the crime.

The victim name has not yet been released pending notification of family.

The sheriff said, the victim was killed in Rural Hall in Forsyth County but then transported to Craven County where the body was burned.

According to Sheriff Hughes, Schocker turned himself into authorities in Craven County Tuesday evening. Another suspect is also in custody in Forsyth County.

Craven and Forsyth County Sheriff Departments are working together on this murder investigation.

Schocker will appear in court Wednesday morning.


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Authorities in Craven County have named a suspect in a homicide after a burned body was found late Monday night.

Sheriff Chip Hughes tells WITN they consider 21-year-old Peter Schocker, of New Bern, a suspect in the death.

Schocker could be driving a blue 2009 Honda Pilot with North Carolina plate YXW-8198.

Emergency crews were called out to Beaman Road, which is off Highway 55, around 11:45 p.m. Monday for a brush fire.

Once the fire was put out they discovered the burned body along the side of the road.

Hughes says they've asked that the autopsy, being done at the Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office, be made a priority. He said they know the victim is a man, but aren't releasing much more than that.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Schocker, they should immediately call 911.


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Deputies in one Eastern Carolina county say they are investigating the discovery of a burned body as a homicide.

Craven County deputies are asking people with any recent cases of missing relatives to give them a call.

Major David McFadden says emergency crews were called out to Beaman Road, which is off Highway 55, around 11:45 p.m. Monday for a brush fire.

He said once the fire was put out they discovered the burned body along the side of the road.

McFadden says because of damage to the body, they haven't been able to determine how old the victim is, but do know it is a man.

The remains have been sent to the Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office and they anticipate autopsy results by tomorrow.

The SBI is assisting the sheriff's office with the investigation, McFadden said.

Craven County says right now they don't have any missing person cases that fit the circumstances and that such a missing person case would only be a few days old.