Fugitive for seven years charged with murder

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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After seven years on the run, a Rocky Mount man was apprehended early Thursday morning in connection with a 2007 homicide.

Cameron Lamar Parker, 32, was charged with first-degree murder. He was jailed in Edgecombe County without bond.

According to Rocky Mount police reports, on Aug. 28, 2007, Matthew Thomas Parker was riding his bike near the corner of Old Wilson Road and Rex Street when he was gunned down. Police said Parker – who is unrelated to the victim – and Kelvin Devon Harrison fired at the victim, but investigators believe Parker fired the fatal shot.

Harrison was apprehended in Virginia less than a month after the shooting and charged with aiding and abetting first-degree murder, but authorities said the charges were dismissed without prejudice pending the arrest of Parker.

Rocky Mount police have received numerous tips over the years leading detectives to believe he traveled across the state and up and down the East Coast to evade arrest. Officials have said that Parker’s ties to gang and narcotic activity likely have helped him stay on the run as well.

Details about his Thursday morning apprehension have not been released. Check back with the Rocky Mount Telegram as more information becomes available.


I'm sure all the tips from

I'm sure all the tips from Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up RMT led to his apprehension. I hope she gets the reward. That's all sarcasm. Really, great job RMPD!

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