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Obstruction, witness intimidation counts lodged in Flemming murder

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A 19-year-old has been charged with obstruction of justice in a Tuesday night murder on the outskirts of Roanoke Rapids and a 17-year-old has been arrested for intimidating a state’s witness.

How Aaron Hammond allegedly obstructed justice in the murder of 20-year-old Sequan Flemming is something Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp said this morning remains part of the investigation in the fatal shooting in the Branch Avenue area of Roanoke Rapids.

In a statement this morning the sheriff said, “Aaron Keith Hammond played a role in obstructing the course of the investigation.”


Hammond. A photo of of Shearin was not available.

He was charged with common law obstruction of justice and received a $20,000 bond and November 15 court date.

Matthew James Scott was charged in Flemming’s murder and surrendered to the Roanoke Rapids Police Department Wednesday.

Tripp said others are expected to be arrested in the case for either hindering or obstructing the investigation.

Flemming’s murder appears to be retaliation over an undisclosed dispute and on Friday the sheriff’s office arrested Trevathan Shearin, 17, for intimidating a state’s witness.

Shearin already has court appearances set for Wednesday as well as November 7 for charges of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle, misdemeanor injury to real property and disorderly conduct. The Wednesday court date involves the first two charges.

Shearin was arrested in the Allendale Drive area of Roanoke where Tripp said deputies have responded to numerous calls in the past.

Shearin was taken into custody around 8 p.m. after Corporal P. Moyer and deputies C. Carman and J. Comeaux located him.

The outstanding warrants were based on an investigation by Detective S.A. Bryant.

Shearin received a $200,000 bond and Wednesday court date.



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