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1 arrested, 1 still wanted after man found shot to death in Duplin County

Victim found with gunshot wounds outside KFC near Warsaw

DUPLIN COUNTY - Investigators in California have arrested a suspect wanted in the shooting death of a man found outside a Duplin County KFC.

According to the Duplin County Sheriff's Office, 25-year-old James Newton (pictured left) was arrested Sunday afternoon in a hotel in Santa Barbara, Calif. Newtown is cooperating with investigators and is expected to be extradited back to North Carolina within a week.

Newton is accused of killing 21-year-old McKinley Beaty Jr., of Norfolk, Va.

Beaty was found on Feb. 13 lying in the turning lane of a KFC restaurant on Highway 24 west of Warsaw, said Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace. The victim had several gunshot wounds.

Sheriff Wallace said the victim either died at a hospital or while en route.

Investigators said Beaty has no family in Warsaw and has no connection there. It was unclear why he was in the area.

Deputies said they are still looking for one more suspect in Beaty's death: 23-year-old Isaiah Smith. He is wanted on an open count of murder.

There is no word on a motive. Both suspects are from Sampson County.

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Investigators have named two suspects wanted in the shooting death of a man found outside a Duplin County KFC.

According to the Duplin County Sheriff's Office, 25-year-old James Newton (left) and 23-year-old Isaiah Smith (center) are wanted on open counts of murder. The two men are from Sampson County, and the sheriff there is working with Duplin County deputies to find the suspects.

Newton and Smith are accused of killing 21-year-old McKinley Beaty Jr. (right), of Norfolk, Va. There is no word on a motive.

Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace said a police officer on a routine patrol found Beaty with several gunshot wounds lying in the turning lane of a KFC restaurant on Highway 24 west of Warsaw. The victim was discovered at about 12:22 a.m. on Feb. 13.

Sheriff Wallace said the victim either died at a hospital or while en route.

Investigators said Beaty has no family in Warsaw and has no connection there. It was unclear why he was in the area.

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Investigators have identified the man who was found shot outside a Duplin County KFC and later died.

According to the Duplin County Sheriff's Office, the victim is 21-year-old McKinley Beaty Jr., of Norfolk, Va.

Sheriff Blake Wallace said a police officer on a routine patrol found Beaty with several gunshot wounds lying in the turning lane of a KFC restaurant on Highway 24 west of Warsaw. The victim was discovered at about 12:22 a.m. Thursday.

Sheriff Wallace said the victim either died at a hospital or while en route.

Investigators said Beaty has no family in Warsaw and has no connection there. It's unclear why he was in the area.

Deputies said from what they could tell, Beaty had only been in the area for a few days.

Although investigators are treating the case as a homicide, there is no word on whether an arrest has been made.

Investigators have released a surveillance photo of a vehicle of interest. They are asking community members to call if they recognize the SUV or know who owns it.

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A man found shot near a Duplin County KFC later died, and authorities said they are investigating the case as a homicide.

According to Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace, a police officer on a routine patrol discovered the man with several gunshot wounds lying in the turning lane of a KFC restaurant on Highway 24 west of Warsaw. The victim, described as a black male between 18 and 25 years old, was found at about 12:22 a.m. Thursday.

"He was found with nothing on him, but the clothes he was wearing," Wallace said.

Sheriff Wallace said the victim either died at a hospital or while en route. Investigators are working to identify the victim.

It's unclear if the man was shot at the area where he was found or if he was shot elsewhere, said Sheriff Wallace.

"We just don't know at this point," Wallace said. "We're still in the preliminary stages of the investigation, and we don't know the circumstances surrounding his death. What we do know is that it was a homicide, and we're treating it as such."

No arrest has been and there is no word on a motive. Sheriff Wallace said deputies will be examining surveillance video to get more details.

Investigators have found a vehicle-of-interest pictured in the surveillance photo. They're asking community members to call if they recognize the car or know who owns it.


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