Woman Charged in 2002 Slaying Back in Moore County Jail
The woman charged with the 2002 shooting death of a Moore County man is back in jail in North Carolina.
Melissa Lynn Rovnak, 44, of Bluefield, W.Va., was placed in the Moore County jail at 6:11 p.m. Friday. She was being held in West Virgina pending an extradition hearing.
She is charged with first degree murder and is being held without bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 4.
Melissa Rovnak did not waive extradition from West Virginia to North Carolina. The Moore County District Attorney’s Office obtained a Governors Warrant that ordered Melissa Rovnak back to North Carolina.
On Friday, Aug. 31 Captain Richard Talbert, Deputy Robert Langford and Deputy Janet Sharpe of the Moore County Sheriff's Office traveled to West Virginia for a hearing on the Governor's warrant.
Once there, Rovank's attorney withdrew the request for the hearing and the judge ordered Melissa Rovnak back to Moore County.
Rovnak was returned to Moore County and charged by the Moore County Sheriff’s Office for the homicide of Scott Rovnak.
On July 9 the Moore County Grand Jury indicted her for the homicide of Scott Rovnak.
Moore County Sheriff's officials said in June that investigators discovered new information in the case that led to the department issuing a warrant for Rovnak's arrest.
She was detained in Mercer County W. Va. pending an extradition hearing.
Authorities have not elaborated on what the new evidence is, but said Melissa Rovnak has long been a “person of interest in the investigation,” because the department “didn’t have enough information to eliminate her as a suspect.”
Family members found Scott Rovnak’s body at his home at 2776 Roseland Road on Dec. 29, 2002. The death was originally reported as a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Days later, sheriff’s investigators determined differently.
According to police reports Scott Rovnak suffered a gunshot would to the back of his head from a firearm of unknown caliber. He had apparently been dead for some time when his family found the body.
Melissa Rovnak and her three children had left the residence on December 26, 2002 and traveled to her family’s home in West Virginia and then returned back on December 29, 2002.
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