Police charge man with murder of alleged rival drug dealer

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 5:27pm
Staff reports
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Robert Rollings

A convicted cocaine dealer was booked into a Metro jail Tuesday afternoon and charged with the 2006 murder of 23-year-old Christopher Fentress.

Metro police charged Robert Dorien Rollings, 28, who was serving time in a federal prison in Yazoo City, Miss., for cocaine distribution, with the first-degree murder of Fentress, who police said was a rival drug dealer.

The shooting happened April 24, 2006, while Fentress, of Bonnavue Drive, was stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Franklin Limestone Road and Antioch Pike. A white Ford Taurus pulled up next to Fentress’ gold Ford Excursion and someone inside the Taurus fired several shots at the SUV, police said.

Fentress was killed by a shot to the head.

Police developed Rollings as a suspect following an investigation by Metro Homicide/Cold Case Unit Det. Norris Tarkington.

Rollings and Fentress were apparently involved in a dispute over drug sales, and police said the investigation later confirmed that Rollings was the shooter that night.

Rollings is being held without bond and is set to be arraigned in the near future, police said.