Man charged in Tabor City murder; charges dropped against another

William Jerome Dixon, 33, has been charged with first-degree murder and common law robbery in the death of Albert "Phillip" Grainger on Sept. 2. (Source: Columbus Co. Sheriff's Office)

TABOR CITY, N.C. (WNCN) — A man has been charged in the beating death of a Tabor City man while charges were dropped against another Tuesday.

William Jerome Dixon, 33, has been charged with first-degree murder and common law robbery in the death of Albert “Phillip” Grainger on Sept. 2.

According to Michele Tatum with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, similar charges have been dropped against Devonate McCrea, 20, who was arrested in the case last week. McCrea has been released from custody.

“We were lied to by some people. Once we found out the Devonate had no wrongdoing in this case, we immediately had him releaseD from jail,” Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless said.

Prendaysheya Reaves and Samari Vereen also have been charged with first-degree murder and common law robbery in the case.

Grainger was found at around 1 a.m. on Bell Street, just 200 yards away from his home by his wife, Deborah Grainger. She said he was bleeding profusely from his head and was unresponsive.

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