KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Two men are now facing murder charges for shooting and killing a 71-year-old woman in Lenoir County.

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says it arrested Robert Lavar Lewis, 32, of Kinston, and Edward Percy Garrett, 36, of Greenville, on July 1 and July 2. Both are charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the June 12 murder of Marilyn Riley Noble.

Noble was killed during a robbery of a business located at 2358 Hwy. 11/55 in Kinston. During the investigation, sheriff’s detectives recovered numerous pieces of evidence and assistance from the public that aided in identifying the individuals who committed the crimes.

Both suspects are currently behind bars in the W.E. “Billy” Smith Detention Center under no bond.

“This brings closure to a lengthy investigation that took hard work of law enforcement officers from numerous agencies,” Sheriff Ronnie Ingram stated. “We are pleased that we were able to arrest the suspects to face charges for their crimes. Although the family of the victim can never regain what they have lost, I hope they will find some peace in knowing that the suspects in this incident will face justice for their actions.”

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation and arrest of these suspects by the Kinston Police Department, Greenville Police Department and the NCSBI Fugitive and Missing Persons Task Force.