Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Weekend homicide leaves one dead, neighbor arrested

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Over the weekend, in the 800 block of Walnut St., a 30-year-old victim was found deceased from a gunshot wound.

Wilmington Police Department officers were on the scene at 1:54 a.m. on March 13 after being notified by ShotSpotter.

Neighbor Michael Nelma confessed to shooting Robert Shorter Jr., who was pronounced dead on the scene by EMS.

WPD charged Nelma with 2nd degree murder.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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