Centralia man charged in 2015 murder

A 31-year-old Centralia man appeared in Marion County Court Tuesday and was advised of first degree murder charges stemming from a 2015 shooting death of Dustin Rhynes.

Bond for Ricky Norwood has been set at $1 million.

Prosecutors had filed a murder charge against Norwood in early March, and after a grand jury handed down a superseding indictment of a similar charge on March 25, a warrant was issued.

According to WRXX, the warrant alleges that Norwood shot and killed Rhynes.

The body of Rhynes, 24, was discovered in an alleyway on Aug. 23, 2015. It had been determined that Rhynes had died from a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Rhynes was also reportedly with another victim who was able to run from the scene and seek help from the Fireside Nursing Home.

Norwood had been serving a previous sentence, when Marion County Sheriff’s deputies picked him up from a federal prison in New Jersey for the charges.

Norwood was sentenced in July 2020 to 151 months in federal prison for unrelated methamphetamine distribution and weapons charges.

A first appearance with counsel is set for April 13 at 1 p.m. Emily Fitch has been appointed as the defense attorney in the case.

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