FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A Fayetteville man faces a first-degree murder charge after police said he intentionally ran over and killed a man in Fayetteville on Aug. 1.
Stoney Gene Riley, 39, was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter after he hit and killed 31-year-old Justin Thomas Atkins around 11:20 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1 on Patton Street in the Bonnie Doone neighborhood, police said. His charge was upgraded to murder on Aug. 24.
According to police, the incident happened after Riley pulled alongside Atkins and asked him if he was selling narcotics. When Atkins said no, Riley intentionally ran him over, police said.
Atkins was able to make it home and call 911. He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he underwent surgery and later died.
Surveillance video near the scene showed a Honda Pilot leaving the area shortly after Atkins was hit. That vehicle became a “vehicle of interest” in the case.
The Pilot was later located and seized in the area of Gillespie Street. Riley was taken into custody for unrelated unserved warrants. He was later charged with involuntary manslaughter and was sent to the Cumberland County Detention Center where he was given a $25,000 secured bond.
Denine Marie Goodwin, the passenger in the vehicle Riley was driving at the time of the incident, has also been charged. She also owns the vehicle.
Goodwin, 46, of Pinehurst has been charged with misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor possession of stolen good, misdemeanor conspiracy, and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretenses.
Goodwin is not in custody and Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating her.
Fayetteville police charged Riley with additional offenses that stem from an incident at a Fayetteville Target July 31.
Riley was also charged with misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor possession of stolen good, misdemeanor conspiracy, and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretenses.
Riley is currently being held on no bond. His first court appearance is set for Thursday afternoon.