LUMBERTON — A 35-year-old has been charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of a Lumberton man, according to the Robeson County Sheriff”s Office.
Kevin Dewayne Reeves, who was already in the county jail, was charged today with the murder of Oscar Mendoza on July 22, 2014.
Mendoza, 40, was found dead by his wife just outside their Harlie Road home. When lawmen arrived, he was in the yard, “bleeding from his head, nose and mouth,” the Sheriff’s Office said at the time.
An autopsy later found that Mendoza died as a result of being shot.
According to Graham, the murder investigation found that Mendoza and Reeves “were involved at the time in an ongoing dispute.”
Reeves was already confined to the Robeson County Detention Center on unrelated charges, including arson and possession of a firearm by a felon, when he was charged today with first-degree murder.
According to Department of Public Safety records, Reeves was convicted in 1999 of a felony sex offense in South Carolina. His next listed conviction was in 2012 for possessing a firearm as a felon, carrying a concealed weapon and misdemeanor possession of a schedule six substance in Robeson County.
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