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U.S. Marshals arrest man for murder after early morning Creekwood shooting

Keith Melvlin, left, was arrested for the murder of Ronald "Poochie" Hall, right.
Keith Melvin, left, was arrested for the murder of Ronald “Poochie” Hall, right. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy NHCSO, Hall family)

WILMINGTON — Members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force have arrested Keith Melvin, 36, for the murder of Ronald “Poochie” Hall in the Creekwood housing community nearly two weeks ago.

The arrest was made with the assistance of a Wilmington Police K-9 Unit at around 2:36 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in Wilmington, without incident, according to the WPD.

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Melvin was charged with first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, and simple affray (engaging in a fight). He is being held without bond.

The shooting took place at around 6:40 a.m. on Friday, August 14; Wilmington Police initially responded to the 900 block of North 30th Street in reference to a ShotSpotter alert.

“Upon arrival, they found a 45-year-old male lying on the sidewalk, deceased. EMS arrived and transported the body due to a crowd of onlookers that was forming in the area,” according to the WPD.

After the shooting, Hall’s family said they were not “clear on exactly what led to his death,” and that he had recently returned to his hometown of Wilmington.

“Our family was devastated by the news of his death, as he had so much life left to live,” a representative of the family said.

The family said Hall grew up in Wrightsboro and is a father of three and grandfather of six. He loved cooking, reading, and riding motorcycles and four-wheelers, according to the family, and earned an associate’s degree from Vance Community College.

The family set up a GoFund Me to cover the cost of Hall’s funeral. As of Thursday morning, it had raised $300 of a $3,500 goal.

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