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Two charged in robbery and murder of 79-year-old woman in Rowan County in June

Suspect was already in jail accused of armed robbery in Dollar General parking lot in town of Cleveland
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 7:12 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2021 at 6:21 PM EDT
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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A man who was charged in the town of Cleveland last week in a robbery case has now been charged with the murder of an elderly woman in eastern Rowan County. A second person was also charged in the case.

Robert Maurice Singletary of Old Mocksville Road was charged with the June 10 robbery and murder of Judy Eller Hoffner. On that night just before 8 p.m., deputies with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office were called to a home on the 700 block of Wyatt’s Grove Church Road after family members found Hoffner dead inside the home.

Judy Ellen Hoffner
Judy Ellen Hoffner(Provided photo)

Singletary was charged on Monday with murder, robbery with a firearm, and breaking and entering.

On Tuesday afternoon a second arrest was made in the Hoffner murder. Douglas Martin Patrick was arrested in Winston Salem at his home. Patrick was charged with breaking or entering, possession of firearm by felon, and murder

On July 21, Cleveland Police arrested Singletary, 30, for robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons and assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

On April 28, officers from the Cleveland Police Department responded to a 911 call stating that an individual from Statesville had received bodily injury resulting from a robbery in the Dollar General parking lot located at 11801 Statesville Blvd.

When police arrived, they found the victim who had received non-life-threatening lacerations to both hands. Through the initial investigation, Cleveland Police determined that Singletary approached the victims’ driver’s window to take the victim’s money.

Police say that as Singletary moved towards the vehicle, the victim exited the vehicle on the passenger side, where he encountered a second suspect, an unknown white male. That suspect assaulted the victim, resulting in non-life-threatening injuries. Both suspects fled from the scene.

Completion of the investigation and consultation from the Rowan County District Attorney resulted in the procurement of warrants for the arrest of Singletary on July 19. The arrest of Singletary occurred on July 21, without incident.

Singletary is now charged with murder, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, two counts of robbery with a firearm, felony breaking and entering, possession of a firearm by a felon and no operator’s license.

Anyone with information about the second suspect can call the Cleveland Police Department at 704-278-1900.

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