FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) - A third man has been arrested in connection with a November 2012 homicide in Franklin.
According to Lt. T. W. Whitt with the Franklin Police Department, officers responded to Pearl Street around 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8 for a report of shots fired. They found 30-year-old Eric Dewayne Smith suffering from a gunshot wound. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Sol Damacus Burke was arrested Thursday and is facing charges of murder, unlawfully shooting, use of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, shooting with intent to kill, eight counts of maliciously shooting into an occupied dwelling and discharging a firearm in public resulting in injury.
Burke was arrested by the Franklin Police Department with help from US Marshals.
A 17-year-old male from Emporia was arrested in November on charges of first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, discharging a firearm in public resulting in injury or death and three counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling. He has been remanded to Chesapeake Juvenile Services.
A third suspect, 29-year-old Rowan D. Bluff, of Franklin was arrested in November and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and accessory after the fact of murder. Additional charges are pending at this time and he is incarcerated at Western Tidewater Regional Jail.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.