2 men facing charges following deadly shooting in Asheville, teen suspect in custody


Marteise Jovan Hines and Isaac R. White (Asheville Police Department)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – Buncombe County deputies arrested a man wanted for the shooting death of a man Thursday afternoon in south Asheville.

According to a police department news release, officers were searching for Marteise Javon Hines, 23, of Asheville, who has been charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, attempted breaking and entering and possession of a firearm by a felon.

We reported on Thursday that a shooting was reported at around 12:30 p.m.

Police found a man outside of a home on Reed Street with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Mission Hospital, where he later died.

According to the news release, the man killed was identified as Justin Spry, 37, of Asheville.

On Thursday, police said one suspect surrendered to officers after about three hours of negotiation and was taken into custody.

Police said that suspect, a 17-year-old boy, was charged with first-degree murder, attempted breaking and entering and possession of a handgun by a minor. His name was not released because he is a minor.

On Friday, investigators said they identified and charged Hines in the shooting.

According to the release, Hines was detained Thursday for questioning, but was released due to there not being enough evidence to charge him.

A further investigation revealed additional evidence was gathered and arrest warrants were issued.

Police said Hines was arrested just after 3 p.m. Friday in Swannanoa by Buncombe Co. deputies.

Police said Isaac R. White, 22, of Swannanoa, was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact to first degree murder as a result of their investigation to locate Hines.

White was booked into the Buncombe Co. Detention Center.

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