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Man arrested in North Carolina for Rome homicide, charged with murder


ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - U.S. Marshals arrested Bobby "Lucky" Ray Hunt Friday in Fayetteville, North Carolina for allegedly shooting 20-year-old Jadreck Baker on East Bloomfield Street on May 2.

He is charged with Baker's murder.

According to the Rome Police Department, Baker and Hunt had an argument at a party in Rome just hours before the fight. When Baker left, Hunt supposedly followed him to East Bloomfield Street and shot him four times.

Rome Police Detective Commander Timothy Bates said, "Baker went to an after-hours party with some other people. The dispute occurred when they went inside. It was a very crowded area. Some bumping went on. Some of the members of one part kind of crossed paths with them closely and it kind of just erupted from there. It didn't turn into a physical altercation at the scene, it was a verbal altercation. But others broke it up and they left."

Rome Safety Commissioner James Massuchi and Detective Bates released the information in a rare Friday night press conference at Rome City Hall.

Baker and two other males reportedly left the party in a vehicle and Hunt followed them in a separate vehicle. Baker's car pulled over when Hunt got out of his car, approached Baker and fatally shot him four times. Hunt fled the scene.

An investigation ensued with the cooperation of multiple agencies. Hunt was found Friday by the U.S. Marshall's Office of Violent Task Force in Fayetteville, North Carolina where he was taken into custody and charged with murder.

Hunt remains in a North Carolina jail pending extradition.

Hunt is beleived to have acted alone but the investigation is looking into the possibility that other people were involved.

Rome Police were assisted by the Utica Police Department, the Oneida County District Attorney's Office, the Syracuse Police Department, the New York Mills Police Department, the New York State Police and the U.S. Marshalls.

State records indicate that Baker had a crime-filled past. According to the state Correctional Services, Baker was released from state prison as recently as February 2010. He was convicted of burglary and sent to the Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York in November of 2006.

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