Grand jury indicts man for second-degree murder, DWI

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Staff report
A Salisbury man has been indicted by the Rowan County Grand Jury on numerous charges, including second-degree murder.
The charges against Robert J. Shehan Jr., 36, of 6345 U.S. 601 were filed Monday. He’s being held under a $250,000 bond in the Rowan County Detention Center.
According to warrants filed at the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office, in addition to the second-degree murder charge, Shehan was also charged with DWI and reckless driving.
The charges were filed by Trooper T.J. White of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Efforts to secure more information about the charges Monday night were unsuccessful. A local law enforcement official said the charges apparently stem from an accident that happened Nov. 11 on Bringle Ferry Road.
Shehan was initially charged with DWI, felony hit and run and failure to stop for a serious injury.
According to a story published in the Post on July 16, 2005, Shehan was sentenced to 18 to 24 months in prison on charges of larceny and possession of stolen goods.
He was convicted of stealing numerous newspaper boxes and cutting them open with a blow torch to get to the change inside.
At the time, newspaper racks belonging to the Salisbury Post and Charlotte Observer were found damaged, many in the area of Long Ferry Road.
In addition to the prison sentence, Chief District Court Judge Charlie Brown ordered Shehan to pay restitution and complete drug and alcohol treatment.