COURTHOUSE >> Omar Terrell Massenburg, 23, has been charged with murder and related offenses in the five-year-old killing of D’Ravious “Ray” Dawkins, which took place on March 18, 2011.

Massenburg was arrested by authorities after an extensive investigation, according to a press release from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Dawkins was 17 at the time when he was killed in 2011. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office offered a $5,000 reward in April 2011 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Dawkins’ death.

According to the release, the investigation used seven cooperating witnesses, eyewitnesses, cellphone analysis and other investigative information. The arrest of Massenburg came two days before the fifth anniversary of the killing, which took place at the intersection of Noble and West Oak streets in Norristown.

Norristown police officers arrived on the scene at 10:08 p.m. to find the victim, Dawkins, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, and he was later pronounced dead at Montgomery Hospital, according to the release.

“We never let this case go cold. There was work being done on the murder throughout these five years,” Steele said in the release. “A lot of investigative efforts have gone into this case to get us to the point now where we are able to make an arrest and do justice for Ray Dawkins and his family.”

In April 2012, Steele visited the site of the shooting and again offered the $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Massenburg was arraigned Thursday on the current murder charge and related offenses by District Judge Francis Lawrence. Massenburg was denied bail and is currently being held at the Montgomery County prison. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 28 before Judge Lawrence.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant Chief of Trials Jason Whalley and Assistant District Attorney Lauren McNulty.

Contact Carl Rotenberg at 267-907-6137 (c) and 484-679-8476.

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