Black motorcyclist Stephen Addison has been shot dead by a White truck driver named Roger Dale Nobles during an argument at a North Calorina stoplight. According to the New York Post:
Roger Dale Nobles Jr., the suspect’s son, got out of his father’s truck to argue with Addison at a stoplight, before his father pulled a shotgun and fired it at the victim, according to footage of the incident obtained by the station.
Nobles Sr. admitted to gunning down the father of three, and was charged with first-degree murder, the outlet reported. Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West said he was reviewing the evidence and considering additional charges, including possible hate crime counts, in connection with the broad-daylight attack.
“If the evidence warrants that type of charge, it’s certainly something we would look at and pursue,” West reportedly said. A neighbor of the suspect told the station that Nobles had a history of aggressive behavior and had used racial slurs against her.
“He done drove in my yard and took pictures of me on my porch. He’s shot his gun in the air telling me to turn my music down. I done been through hell with this man,” Shahara Chance reportedly said. The younger Nobles was not charged with a crime, but security experts told the outlet that it looked like he anticipated the murder and played a role in it.
“Where he’s actually standing in reference to, what we call in the military, a fatal funnel,” Anthony Waddy, an analyst with SAV Consulting, told the station. “He’s clearly out of harm’s way.”
According to a defense lawyer, “there was not enough evidence to charge his son with a crime, unless it came to light that he had agreed to help his father murder the victim.”
“You don’t have an obligation to report a criminal activity, even if you know the person who committed it,” Daniel Meier told the station. “You can watch a crime occur right in front of you, and you don’t have to call the police.”
This was 100% an execution and hate crime.
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