Third suspect arrested in killing of 71-year-old Salisbury man

3rd person arrested in Salisbury murder case

SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) - Three people have been arrested in the killing of Emerson Truitt Roebuck, 71, of Salisbury.

Ronald Dashawn Pruitt, 17, of Patriot Circle, Salisbury, and Kenyatta Raphalle Belton, Jr., 16, of Harrison Rd, Salisbury, have both been charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Both individuals have been placed in the Rowan County Jail under no bond.

Twenty-one-year-old Tai Mosley, a third person who was wanted in the killing, turned himself in to Concord police Tuesday night.

Ronald Dashawn Pruitt, 17, of Patriot Circle, Salisbury, along with Kenyatta Raphalle Belton, Jr., 16, of Harrison Rd, Salisbury, have both been charged with first degree murder and also robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Ronald Dashawn Pruitt, 17, of Patriot Circle, Salisbury, along with Kenyatta Raphalle Belton, Jr., 16, of Harrison Rd, Salisbury, have both been charged with first degree murder and also robbery with a dangerous weapon. (Source: David Whisenant-WBTV)

Mosely faces murder and robbery charges. He is being held without bond.

Prior to Mosley turning himself in, Pruitt’s mother, Teresa Benson, urged Mosley to turn himself in to police. “My son is innocent, and you know he is,” Benson said. “So wherever you are, you better turn yourself in...you better turn yourself in.”

The shooting happened before 11:30 p.m. Saturday, October 19, on W. Kerr Street near Jersey City Park. Roebuck was discovered by his roommate, who heard the gunshots and found him in the living room.

Roebuck was taken to Novant Health Rowan but was pronounced deceased a short time later.

“He was a joy to be around, he made you feel the presence of the Lord," said stepdaughter Shamill Connor. “I was devastated, I was devastated. I could see if he had a heart attack, but to be gunned down, no reason at all…I was devastated.”

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact 911, Salisbury Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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