Jury finds Roger Nobles guilty of first-degree murder in 2022 Fayetteville road rage killing

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Guilty verdict returned in 2022 Fayetteville road rage killing
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A Fayetteville jury found Roger Nobles guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 32-year-old motorcyclist Stephen Addison.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Fayetteville jury found Roger Nobles guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 32-year-old motorcyclist Stephen Addison.

Addison and Nobles got into a road-rage dispute in January 2022 at Skibo Road and Cliffdale Road.

The jury began deliberations Wednesday morning and returned the verdict by noon.

The jury was expected to start deliberations Tuesday but audio of two jurors discussing the case forced a delay. Ultimately, the judge decided the audio was too garbled to specify what was said. Those two jurors were kicked off the jury.

During the closing arguments, the district attorney's office argued that Nobles intentionally and maliciously fired his gun at Addison during the incident.

He shot Addison twice in the chest.

Addison's best friend told ABC11 that Addison, a father of five, and his wife had plans of moving to New York just days after he was killed.

"I can never thank everyone enough for being by our side during this tragic time in our lives," Addison's wife said online after the verdict. "I thank the people that took the time out of their lives to be there in the courtroom to support Stephen not only on the internet but in real life!"

The defense argued that Nobles didn't have a motive to kill Addison and thought his safety was in jeopardy. The defense also said Nobles was too scared of hitting his son who was also involved in the argument with Addison to purposefully pull the trigger.