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Deputies: 3rd suspect in killing captured

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SMITHFIELD — Authorities say the third suspect accused in a Johnston County convenience store robbery and murder was captured last week in Greenville.

John Pettiway III, 21, of Selma, is charged with an open count of murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy. He was arrested on Nov. 26 and booked into the Johnston County Detention Center, where he was held without bond pending court proceedings.

Capt. Jeff Caldwell of the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office thanked Greenville police for assisting with Pettiway’s arrest.

“Sheriff Steve Bizzell would like to also thank the many citizens who voluntarily called with information during this investigation,” Caldwell said in a news release.

The other two suspects, 19-year-olds Manual Jamie Patterson of Kenly and Bobby Gene McLean Jr. of the Selma-Kenly area, were previously arrested and jailed.

Deputies were called to the Scotchman convenience store at 12320 N.C. 210 outside Benson at 1:30 a.m. Nov. 14. The store had been robbed and 23-year-old Joseph Shane Bowling of Angier was fatally shot.

The case remains under investigation and deputies have not described the interaction between Bowling and the suspects that led to the man’s death.