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One of the men wanted in a September shooting death at a Roanoke Rapids motel surrendered to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office Monday.


William Hunter, 21, of Roanoke Rapids, was charged with murder and felony conspiracy in the shooting death of 24-year-old Aaron Martin of Weldon.

Hunter was jailed without opportunity for bond and has a January 5 court date, Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin said in a statement.

Chief Martin said today it was not clear what prompted Hunter to surrender, other than publicity about the warrants filed in the case being published in news outlets.

He said investigators are not sure of the whereabouts of the second person wanted — Leon Hunter, 36, of Roanoke Rapids. The Hunters are related and Leon Hunter has an outstanding warrant for murder and conspiracy in the September 14 shooting death.

Sari Fakhri Yousef was charged with accessory before the fact and felony conspiracy. 

Chief Martin said last week Yousef reportedly had involvement with the other two prior to the shooting and played a role in the matter. He declined to elaborate. The three men are familiar with one another.

Investigators were able to develop information which led them to obtain warrants on Leon and William Hunter.

Further investigation led to the arrest of Yousef who was apprehended by Rocky Mount police on December 4. 

The shooting death of Aaron Martin occurred when he was outside on the balcony of the Baymont Inn where he was a registered guest.

The police department said at the time investigators believed Aaron Martin was the intended victim in the case.

Officers responded to the Baymont Inn shortly after 8:45 the morning of September 14 after receiving a call someone had been shot.

Officers located Aaron Martin on the second floor and discovered he was unresponsive and had been shot in the upper body. 

Leon Hunter is considered armed and dangerous and anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to local law enforcement or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.