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Defendant indicted in August killing of man’s roommate

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SMITHFIELD — A Johnston County grand jury has indicted a 50-year-old Selma man in the Aug. 11 killing of 66-year-old Vondell Bethune.

Authorities said Alvin Demetrus Harris shot and killed Bethune in the rural Johnston County home the men shared. Bethune was a deacon at White Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in rural Johnston County outside the Nash County town of Middlesex.

Johnston County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 7829 Buffalo Road north of Selma to assist Johnston County Emergency Medical Services at 6:47 p.m. Aug. 11. Deputies found Bethune dead at the scene and determined he had been shot.

Detectives identified Harris as a suspect in the case and he turned himself in to the sheriff’s office. Detectives booked Harris on a murder charge after interviewing him, authorities previously said. A motive in the killing has not been disclosed.

A hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 7, according to Johnston County court records.