WV sex offender accused of killing Davidson woman in Rowan shooting

  

Pictured above: Joshua Kennedy – Picture courtesy of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office

PRESS RELEASE

During the course of the investigation, Rowan County Sheriff’s Detectives, and Agents with the SBI developed 35 year old Joshua Wade Kennedy as the suspect in the Sunday morning murder of Lakyn Bailey that occurred on Apple Road, near Burmac Circle. Joshua Kennedy is a registered sex offender in West Virginia that had been living in Iredell County and Rowan County. After a review with the Rowan County District Attorney’s Office arrest warrants were obtained for Kennedy for Murder and Attempted Robbery. He was arrested in Salisbury on Wednesday afternoon by Rowan County Sheriff’s Detectives. . West Virginia authorities have been contacted about Kennedy’s residence status. Kennedy has been placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under No Bond. The investigation continues and more arrests are possible.
UPDATE: 01-29-2019 10:00am

Investigation into the murder investigation of Lakyn Jade Bailey continues. This murder appears to be the result of a methamphetamine drug deal that turned violent, resulting in Bailey’s shooting death. Through the course of the murder investigation, 41 year old Jason Donald Cranfill, a 41 year old white male of Iredell County, with and address of the Streets of Statesville, has been charged with Felony Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance Methamphetamine. Jason Cranfill drove the murder victim to the Country Cupboard store after the January 27 incident. He has been placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Lt. Chad. Moose (704) 216-8687, or SSG Rodney Mahaley (704) 216-8711.

UPDATE: 01-28-2019 9:00am

Subject: Woodleaf Road Murder Press Release Update

The victim has been identified as Lakyn Jade Bailey, of 368 Northwest Drive, Davidson NC. Lakyn would have turned 26 years old today. During the course of the investigation, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives discovered Bailey was staying at a motel in Statesville, NC, and involved in illegal drug sales. On the morning of the murder, the victim traveled from Statesville to Rowan County where the crime occurred. RCSO Detectives traveled to Statesville where they were joined by Statesville Police, and are currently following leads in the Statesville area, as well as Rowan County.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Lt. Chad. Moose (704) 216-8687, or SSG Rodney Mahaley (704) 216-8711.

UPDATE: 01-27-2019 3:00pm

The gunshot victim in this investigation is Lakyn Jade Bailey, a 25 year old white female whose address was 368 Northwest Dr., of Davidson, NC. RCSO Detectives have made notification to the victim’s family. The investigation into this murder investigation continues.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Lt. Chad. Moose (704) 216-8687, or SSG Rodney Mahaley (704) 216-8711.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE

On Sunday morning at about 1:30AM, Salisbury City Police were called to the Country Cupboard store, located at 2010 Statesville Blvd to a reported shooting victim in a vehicle. The victim was discovered dead in a vehicle that was driven by a friend of the victim. During the initial investigation, Salisbury City Police determined the incident probably occurred outside the Salisbury city limits, and contacted the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. RCSO Deputies arrived on the scene, and were joined by RCSO Sheriff’s Detectives, along with SBI agents.

During the course of the investigation the victim was identified, but the nearest relatives of this victim haven’t yet been located. The incident appears to have occurred in the Woodleaf Road area, with the victim receiving a single gunshot wound before being driven to the store where law enforcement was called. This is an ongoing case and is being investigated as a murder.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Lt. Chad. Moose (704) 216-8687, or SSG Rodney Mahaley (704) 216-8711.

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