Suspect faces murder charge in Dobbins Heights robbery

By William R. Toler - [email protected]


DOBBINS HEIGHTS — A Rockingham man is behind bars on a murder charge after deputies say the man he’s accused of robbing later died at a hospital.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 10:18 p.m. Tuesday in reference to a man being robbed, according to Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge.

When deputies arrived they spoke with the alleged victim, Daniel Ingram, who showed signs of being assaulted, Gulledge said. During the interview, Ingram “started having medical issues.”

EMS was contacted and Ingram was taken to Sandhills Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

With help from witnesses, investigators say they identified the suspect as 44-year-old Charles Anthony Terry, of Stan Avenue in Rockingham.

Terry was arrested and booked into the Richmond County Jail around 2:21 a.m. records show. He was charged with: an open count of murder, for which he received no bond; and felony charges of first-degree kidnapping and common law robbery, for which he was given a $25,000 secured bond.

Gulledge said Terry was also served a warrant from Forsyth County on charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, for which he was given a $1,000 secured bond.

Jail records show Terry is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 11 on the Forsyth County charge and Oct. 13 on the Richmond County charges.

Ingram’s body has been sent to the Office of the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, Gulledge said.

Terry’s first criminal conviction was in 1989 on a charge of unauthorized use of motor conveyance in Richmond County, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction. He later served 10 days for that crime in 1991 when his probation was revoked.

In 1993, he was convicted on felony breaking and entering and larceny charges in Forsyth County. The following year, he was convicted of driving without a license and driving while impaired in Richmond County. In 1995, he was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of “sniffing glue, etc.” in Durham County.

Records show several other felony larceny convictions throughout the ’90s and early 2000s.

In the past 10 years, Terry has served time for obtaining property by false pretense charges in Union County, as well as possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance and being a habitual felon in Richmond County.

in 2015, Terry served nearly six months behind bars on a post-release revocation.

Ingram’s death is the third murder in Richmond County this month.

The body of Robert Watkins was found inside his home following a fire in the early morning hours of Sept. 4. Rockingham police said he had injuries that weren’t caused by the fire.

Investigators say they and they N.C. State Bureau of Investigation have not yet been able to identify a suspect.

The following day, the body of 22-year-old Derick Deandre Ratliff was found behind a home on Mary Wall Road.

Tommie Barnes Jr., 42, was arrested in that case, charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled for an Oct. 10 appearance in Richmond County Superior Court.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_Toler.


By William R. Toler

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