Suspect charged in 2009 murder

Mar. 10, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

The Henderson Police Department arrested a suspect March 5 in connection with the five-year-old murder case of Montrell Alston.

Alan Joseph Gibson, 37, of 1316 Lehman St., Henderson, was charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count of first-degree burglary.

Gibson was jailed in Vance County without bond pending a preliminary hearing in Vance County District Court on March 17.

Lt. Alan Hedgepeth of the Henderson Police Department said there were at least three additional suspects involved in Alston’s death, and they are already in custody on other charges.

Alston, 28, of 687 Adams St., Henderson was shot in his home at 1:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2009.

He was pronounced dead after Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived at the scene.

Robert Smith, 53, of 687 Adams St., Henderson, was also shot.

He was taken to Maria Parham Medical Center, but Smith’s injuries were not life threatening.

At the time, officers said robbery may have been the motivation for the incident but would not comment further.

 

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.