Warrants issued for suspects in Batsche murder

Chatham Sheriff’s office seeking two suspects in killing of 20-year-old in May

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Two Chapel Hill men are suspected to have been involved in the murder of a 20-year-old Bear Creek man, according to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.

The department has obtained second-degree murder arrest warrants for Kenneth Joseph Bass Jr., 18, and Shyquaule Javon Fisher, 25, in connection with the killing of Emerson Batsche. Batsche died as the result of a gunshot wound to the chest while at his residence off Pittsboro-Goldston Road in Bear Creek early in the morning on May 20.

Kenneth Joseph Bass, Jr.
Kenneth Joseph Bass, Jr.
Shyquaule Javon Fisher
Shyquaule Javon Fisher

Though the sheriff’s office is still withholding details of the circumstances of the murder, the warrants indicate Batsche’s shooting may have been connected to a robbery.

Bass is being sought on charges of second-degree murder, aiding and abetting armed robbery and obstruction of justice, while Fisher is facing charges of second-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and obstruction of justice.

“We wouldn’t be where we are at now if it wasn’t for the community’s help and friends of those involved,” Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson said.

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone with information on the whereabouts of these two individuals to call 9-1-1. The investigation is still ongoing.

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