Three arrested for 2007 murder, authorities looking for one

Reported by Max Winitz - bio|email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Three men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old two years ago, and deputies are looking for a fourth.

Geoffrey Graham was with his girlfriend in his Ogden-area home on Barfield Street when he was shot on August 16, 2007.

Sheriff Ed McMahon says he remembers that night well.

"I was out at that address that night, and I remember how frustrating it was that we were not able to solve that case," said Sheriff McMahon. "I am very proud of the detectives. We were able to get three of the four dangerous criminals off the streets and out of the community."

Nicholas John Matasich, 21, of Wilmington and Randy Travis Owens, 21, of Hampstead have been charged with first-degree murder, felony conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted robbery, and first-degree kidnapping.

Both are being held in the New Hanover County Detention Facility without bond.

Christian Dior Jones, 26, of Hampstead was also arrested. Jones faces the same list of charges as the other men and is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

Jones is being held in the Pender County Jail.

Sheriff's deputies are still looking for another man in connection with the murder.

Adam Elijah Ward, 22, of Hampstead is wanted for first-degree murder, felony conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, and first-degree kidnapping.

If you know where Ward is, call the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.

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