Suspect faces murder charge

Roger Tully Frady

A Marion man was charged with murder after authorities said he shot and killed his neighbor on Saturday.

Detective Paul Alkire, of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, charged Roger Tully Frady, 23, of 427 Cherokee Way in Marion, with one count of murder.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday, McDowell county sheriff’s deputies were called to Frady’s residence in reference to a gunshot wound.

Authorities arrived to find the victim, 41-year-old Ronnie Eugene Lewis, of 623 Cherokee Way, suffering from a single gunshot wound to the torso from a .40-caliber handgun.

Lewis was pronounced dead at McDowell Hospital.

Authorities said Monday the two were allegedly having a dispute, and an investigation led to Frady’s arrest. Investigators said there was also evidence of drug use.

Agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation are assisting in the case.

Frady has previously been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, drug possession and traffic violations since 2010. Since 2009, Lewis had been convicted of several types of assault, including strangulation and communicating threats.

Frady’s first court appearance was Monday and Judge Robert Martelle ordered Frady to be held in the McDowell County Jail without bond. A probable cause hearing is set for Aug. 22.