Suspect arrested months after elderly man found killed in his Fayetteville home

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A man was arrested June 30 in New Hanover County months after an elderly man was killed in his Fayetteville home, a news release said.

On Nov. 9, 2020, Cumberland County deputies responding to a shooting found 82-year-old Alton Smith dead in his home on Bandore Circle in east Fayetteville. A 911 caller reporting the shooting that day around 11:15 a.m. said he was hiding in a bedroom in the home, a previous news release said.

Deputies later identified Kenneth Adolph Wright, 60, as the suspect. He was charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of stolen goods.

Wright was arrested in New Hanover County just after 7:30 a.m. on June 30. He was originally given no bond but upon being transported to the Cumberland County Detention Center on July 1, his bond was set at $650,000, deputies said.

Wright made his first court appearance on July 2.

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