Woodleaf Road shooting death ruled self-defense

Published 1:40 pm Wednesday, September 18, 2019

SALISBURY — A shooting that left a man dead in Woodleaf over the weekend was done in self-defense, authorities said Wednesday.

No charges will be filed in the shooting death of Robin Otto Worth Jr., 35, whose body was found in the front yard of a home with latex gloves on his hands and a black shirt covering his face.

Worth died at the scene from a single gunshot wound, authorities said.

The investigation began after two men with gunshot wounds arrived just before midnight Friday at the Davis Hospital emergency room in Statesville. The men were identified as Daquon Martin, 28, and Ronald Martin, 26, both of Woodleaf. Both were in serious condition and were transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for surgery.

The Statesville Police Department contacted Rowan investigators about the incident.

At 4 a.m. Saturday, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to 5920 Foster Road in Woodleaf, where Worth’s body was discovered in the front yard.

Detectives with the agency’s Criminal Investigation Division were called in. They determined that Worth and another person, who has not been named, drove to the Foster Road address from Salisbury. Worth approached the home in an apparent robbery attempt, investigators said.

During a confrontation with Daquon and Ronald Martin, both of whom live on Foster Road, Worth and the person with him fired multiple shots, striking both Martins. One of the Martins returned fire and shot Worth. The person with Worth fled the scene, leaving Worth in the front yard.

The Salisbury Police Department was briefed about the investigation since both Worth and the person with him are Salisbury residents.

The Sheriff’s Office and Rowan County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday that there would be no charges in Worth’s death.

The investigation into the robbery and assault of the Martins continues, Rowan officials said.

Anyone with information on the case should contact Lt. Chad Moose at 704-216-8687, Detective Kyle Youngo at 704-216-8683 or CrimeStoppers at 866-639-5245.

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