Crime & Courts

Anson man guilty in Union County robbery-murder, sentenced to life

An Anson County man was convicted Tuesday of robbing and murdering a friend nearly four years ago.

Eddie Ray Maye, 26, was found guilty in Union County Superior Court of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy. The jury deliberated just 10 minutes, prosecutors said.

He was sentenced to life in prison.

Maye was convicted in the July 5, 2010, killing of Ervin Polk of Charlotte. Investigators said Maye arranged to meet Polk in eastern Union County in the Marshville area.

They said Maye and Polk drove a short distance before Maye pulled out a shotgun and killed Polk.

Prosecutors said the motive for the killing was robbery. Investigators said Maye drove into Anson County and dumped Polk’s body along Stanback Ferry Road, near Ansonville in the northern part of the county. The body was discovered later by Anson County sheriff’s deputies.

According to prosecutors, Maye took Polk’s Mercedes and his bank cards. Anson County authorities said they identified Maye as a suspect when he tried to use Polk’s ATM card.

Evidence also showed that Maye and Polk were in a physical relationship for several years, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said that during the trial, Maye admitted to the killing but said he was unable to fully comprehend what happened, saying he had a diminished mental capacity.

Authorities said Polk and Maye had known one another for several years.