Suspect in Albemarle homicide turns himself in to police

It’s the first murder in Albemarle since September 2023

(Photo courtesy of the Stanly County Sheriff's Office)

ALBEMARLE — The suspect in the Friday morning murder of an Albemarle man turned himself in to law enforcement over the weekend.

Otis Eugene Burns, 49, faces charges including first degree murder, possession of firearm by felon, and discharging a firearm into occupied dwelling following the March 1 shooting. At 1 a.m., APD officers responded for a well-being check when they found a male who had succumbed to gunshot wounds.

The victim, 47-year-old Albemarle resident Duane Lamont Perry, was visiting the residence on the 500-block of Elizabeth Avenue in Albemarle where the incident occurred, police said in a statement.

Police revealed the victim’s name and issued a warrant for Burns, who soon surrendered to police and was detained in the Stanly County Jail.

It’s the first murder in Albemarle since September 2023.

Both the department’s Criminal Investigation Division and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are involved in the investigation.

APD asks anyone with information regarding the shooting to call 704-984-9500 or contact the anonymous tip line at 704-984-9511.