NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
February 19, 2006
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420

NORTH CAROLINA MURDER SUSPECT NABBED BY OCSO

   Okaloosa Sheriff ís deputies investigating a purse-snatching Friday night discovered the suspect is wanted in Duplin County North Carolina on charges of homicide, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

   Roy Rickal Stallings (10-2-1973), permanent address unknown, is being held in the Okaloosa County jail.

   An Okaloosa deputy called to 824 Dawes Road Friday night in connection with suspicious activity noticed items in a car that belonged to the victim of a purse-snatching. A man nearby, who matched the description of the purse-snatcher, identified himself as Lawrence Smith. However, checks by the deputy revealed that Smith was not his real name. He was taken into custody for giving a false name to a law enforcement officer. A check on the suspectís fingerprints later revealed his true identity - and the murder warrants issued out of North Carolina .

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