New Bern man charged with burning body of man who was killed

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Two arrests have been made in connection to a burned body found in New Bern late Monday night, according to Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes.

Hughes said deputies arrested 21-year-old Peter Schocker Tuesday night and charged him with accessory after the fact of first-degree murder. 

Via video, Schocker made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

The second suspect, identified as 23-year-old Norris D. Rochelle Jr., was picked up in Forsyth County and charged with murder.

Sheriff Chip Hughes said the murder happened in Rural Hall, which is located in Forsyth County about 10 miles north of Winston-Salem. 

Officials in Forsyth County said they were investigating a case of a missing person identified as Nicholas Williams, 40, of Rural Hall.

Williams was last seen on February 10 by Rochelle, who was his roommate.

According to an investigation, Williams’ parents believed that there were suspicious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of their son.

According to a warrant, Schocker transported Williams’ body to Craven County and burned it. 

Rochelle and Schocker were friends, the Craven County Sheriff’s Office said. 

On Tuesday, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office investigators were notified that a body located in Craven County was a potential match for the description of Williams.

Those investigators, working with the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, obtained evidence that led them to believe that Rochelle was responsible for his disappearance.

Rochelle is currently at the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and the Craven County Sheriff’s Office continue to jointly investigate the case.

Stay with WNCT on air and online as more information becomes available.


The Craven County Sheriff’s Office has named a suspect in a homicide investigation involving a burned body found on the side of the road.

Peter Schocker, 21, of New Bern is wanted in connection to the case, the Sheriff’s Office said.

He drives blue 2009 Honda Pilot with the North Carolina license plate YXW-8198, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation began after the Craven County Sheriff’s Office said someone set fire to a body that was later found on the side of the road. 

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office and the West New Fire Department responded to a brush fire on Beamon Road at 11:45 p.m. Monday. 

The Sheriff’s Office found the body, which deputies said was burnt so badly they could not identify it.

They did determine the body was that of a male.

The SBI is assisting in the investigation, and the Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to the public for more information. 

The body has been sent to Vidant Medical Center for an autopsy. 

If you have information about the suspect call the Craven County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 636-6620

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