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In Jail For Murder Man Indicted By Grand Jury In Dismissed Child Abuse Case

ASHEBORO N.C. – A local man who is currently in jail charged with first degree murder related to child abuse was recently indicted by the Grand Jury in connection with a 2011 child abuse case.

According to a press release from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, during the June session of Grand Jury, a true bill of indictment was issued for the arrest of Billy Ray Newsome, III, for felony child abuse-inflicting serious bodily injury.

The Sheriff’s office says the indictment stems from a 2011 child abuse case investigated by the Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations Division where Newsome was charged in 2012 for assaulting a seven-month-old child; but, the case was dismissed in 2013 for lack of evidence.

Newsome was charged with first degree murder related to child abuse in 2019 by Archdale Police Department and has been confined at the Randolph County Jail since that time. During the course of that investigation, additional information was received by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office regarding the 2011 case, enabling detectives to re-charge Newsome.

Newsome was served with the indictment while in jail on the murder charges and received a secured bond of $25,000.  A court date was set for July 11, 2022, in Randolph County Superior Court.

Billy Ray Newsom III

Billy Ray Newsom III

  • Child abuse-inflicting serious bodily injury (Felony)

$25,000 Secured Bond