Fourth suspect arrested in death of Alamance County man

Phillip Jerome Tate, 52, of Greensboro (Alamance Co. Sheriff's Office)

Phillip Jerome Tate, 52, of Greensboro (Alamance Co. Sheriff's Office)

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Deputies said they arrested a fourth suspect on Tuesday in connection to the homicide of a man whose body was found late last month in Burlington.

Phillip Jerome Tate, 52, of Greensboro, was charged with accessory after the fact (of first degree murder) in connection to the death of Kenneth Joel Clapp.

Deputies said the body of 47-year-old Clapp was found shortly after 9 a.m. March 29 in the 300 block of Louis Graham Road.

A man told deputies he spotted what he first thought to be a mannequin about 30 yards from the roadway near an abandoned structure.

Deputies said the man discovered it to be a body when he got closer. They said the victim’s body “experienced significant trauma.”

Deputies said they believe the victim had been dead for less than 24 hours by the time his body was discovered. They said they believe he was not killed at the location his body was discovered.

Three others suspects have been charged in connection to the incident. Deputies said 24-year-old Cameron Romero Graves turned himself in to the Alamance County Sherriff’s Office on April 11.

Marteese Rasheed Martin, 25, of Burlington, and Solomon Gerard Tate, 23, of Greensboro, were both arrested last week.

Deputies said Graves and Martin were both charged with first degree murder and Solomon Tate with accessory after the fact (of first degree murder).

Authorities said an additional search warrant was executed at the Tate residence on Benbow Road in Greensboro and items of evidence were recovered including a shotgun.

Officials said Phillip Tate is the father of Solomon Tate (previously arrested). Deputies said Phillip Tate’s bond was set at $76,000 secured.

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