Tuesday, 20 August 2019 17:04

Warrant: Defendant stole gun, iPhone from Dobbins Heights murder victim

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DOBBINS HEIGHTS — An arrest warrant for a murder defendant provides a few more details not released earlier Tuesday.


Edward McNair Sloan was charged Tuesday with the robbery and murder of 17-year-old Malachi Jaheim Hailey, whose body was found behind the Dobbins Heights Community Center on Aug. 6.

According to a warrant, Sloan stole a light blue SCCY 9mm semi-automatic pistol and an Apple iPhone 5 from the victim.

Both the defendant and victim are from Hamlet.

Sloan, 23, is charged with an open count of murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. He is being held in the Richmond County Jail without bond on the murder charge and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 5.

He was initially booked on Aug. 14 on one count each of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, altering or removing a gun’s serial number, and a felony probation violation. He has a $250,000 secured bond on the weapon charges and a $10,000 secured bond on the probation violation.

Investigators say the case is still active and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at 910-895-3232 or Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454.

Online court records show Sloan already has several pending weapons charges and two counts of resisting a public officer.

Sloan was charged last October with shooting another man in the parking lot outside the soup kitchen on Hamlet Avenue, but records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show he was only convicted (in March) of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Sloan, who has the nicknames "Loose Screw" and "Chuggy Mack," was convicted on a felony charge of larceny after breaking and entering in 2016 and initially received a suspended sentence.

That probation was revoked the following year when he was convicted of larceny over $1,000.

He spent eight months behind bars, but was sent back a month after getting out. He was incarcerated for another nine months and was released Aug. 19, 2018 records show.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.