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Man charged in fatal stabbing

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Police have charged a Wilson man with murder in a Saturday afternoon stabbing death.

Officers responded to a Wilson Housing Authority home at 709 Suggs St. and found 50-year-old Bobby Romale Jones lying in the parking lot with stab wounds to his chest around 2:20 p.m., Wilson police Capt. Kendra Howell said in a news release.

Police and Wilson EMS paramedics provided emergency first aid, but Jones was taken to Wilson Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

“Officers were quickly able to establish a suspect and a location of the suspect,” Howell said in the release.

Detectives on the Wilson Police Department’s Homicide Task Force charged 27-year-old Kelvin Raynard Mangum Jr. of 704 Hines St. with an open count of murder in Jones’ killing.

Mangum is also charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, felony larceny and misdemeanor causing damage to real property. It was unclear whether those charges were connected to Jones’ death. A motive in the fatal stabbing has not been released.

Howell said Saturday night that the case remains under investigation.

Mangum served probation on a May 2016 conviction of misdemeanor assault inflicting serious bodily injury and spent 8 months in prison after his probation on a 2009 possession with intent to sell marijuana charge was revoked, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety records.

He also was convicted of providing fictitious information to a law enforcement officer, a Class 2 misdemeanor, in January 2011. All three criminal convictions occurred in Wilson County.

Mangum is being held without bond in the Wilson County Detention Center and is expected to make his first court appearance Monday.

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