Murder charges among grand jury indictments

Apr. 24, 2013 @ 05:53 PM

A Vance County Superior Court grand jury handed down five indictments each against three men on murder-related charges, according to court reports released Wednesday.

Each of the three were in connection to the Feb. 21 shooting death of Ja’Quon Ty’Ree Seward, according to court reports released Wednesday.

Also among the 200 indictments on 112 cases the grand jury decided should proceed to trial on probable cause was a rape and kidnapping case stemming from a March 28 incident reported on Young Avenue.

In the Seward homicide case, Corey Cheek Jr., Gary Treshon Holden and Ramek Holden were each indicted on felony charges of first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, pattern gang activity and inciting to riot. They each were also charged with misdemeanor firing of a firearm in city limits.

The three remain jailed without bond pending hearings to be scheduled in Vance County Superior Court.

Daquan Ortiz and a 14-year-old juvenile were also arrested in the case.

Jurors found probable cause for trial in the rape and kidnapping case against 20-year-old Daquan Keith Foster, charged in the March 28 rape of a 50-year-old woman on Young Avenue.

Court officials had rescheduled a hearing in the case for Monday, then delayed District Court proceedings again as the grand jury began deliberations in Superior Court.

The indictments act to transfer the case to the Superior Court level, with hearings on routine motions and possible plea offers slated to take place over the next several months.

The question of probable cause does not include a finding of guilt, but involves the consideration of some evidence presented in order for a determination on whether the case meets the threshold of requiring further trial proceedings.

According to case files, evidence includes a positive identification of Foster as the attacker, made by the victim in the case.


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