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The Duplin County Sheriff's Office confirms the arrest of one of the suspects in a February homicide.

Deputies say James Earl Newton Jr. was arrested on Mar. 3rd in Santa Barbara, California.  The FBI, Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office, and Lompoc Police Department assisted in the capture of Newton.

Newton is charged with the Feb 13th.  murder of 21-year-old   McKinley Beaty Jr. Beaty died after being shot several times outside a KFC in Warsaw just after midnight.

Deputies say they are still looking for the second suspect, Isaiah Q. Smith.

If you have any information about Smith's whereabouts contact the Duplin County Sheriff's Office at (910) 296-2150.

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The Duplin County Sheriff's Office names James Newton and Isaiah Smith as the shooting suspects for last's weeks fatal shooting.

They are both wanted for shooting and killing 21-year-old McKinley Beaty, Jr.

If you know anything, you're asked to call deputies.


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The Duplin County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a man killed near Warsaw.

Sheriff Blake Wallace tells 9 On Your side 21-year-old McKinley Beaty, Jr. was found with gunshot wounds shortly after midnight Thursday. Beaty is from the Norfolk, VA area. They believe he was only in Eastern North Carolina for a few days.

Sheriff Wallace says Beaty was alive when a Warsaw Police officer found him near the KFC on Highway 24. He was transported by ambulance to Vidant Duplin but died from his injuries.

Deputies released two surveillance photos Thursday afternoon of an SUV in connection with the case.

If you have any information you’re asked to call the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office at (910)-296-2150.
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