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Suspect In Burke County Murder Arrested (Updated, 4:31 A.m., 4/29/22)
Nolan Andre Smith
Courtesy of Burke County Sheriff's Office

Suspect In Burke County Murder Arrested (Updated, 4:31 a.m., 4/29/22)

22-year-old Nolan Andre Smith of eastern Burke County was arrested Thursday (April 29) by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service, Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force, Longview and Hickory Police Departments, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He’s charged with felony murder.

He’s charged in connection to the death of 35-year-old Jonathan Carl Ross of Morganton. Shortly after 12:30 a.m. last Friday (April 23), Burke County Deputies were dispatched to an assault call at an address on Spaniel Street in Connelly Springs. When Deputies arrived, they found a man lying in the street unresponsive with no pulse. Deputies started C.P.R. until Burke County E.M.S. arrived and pronounced the man deceased. The victim was later identified as Jonathan Carl Ross.

Jonathan Carl Ross
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At approximately 3:00 p.m. Thursday, as Highway Patrol troopers patrolled the area searching for the individual who was believed to be responsible for Ross’ death, a trooper assigned to Burke County spotted the suspect vehicle traveling on Interstate 40 East. A traffic stop was conducted on a 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300E near U.S. 321. Multiple troopers converged and took the suspect, Nolan Andre Smith into custody without incident.

Following his arrest, Smith placed in jail in Morganton without bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 29).