Murder suspects in court

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 05:48 PM

Four defendants in unrelated first-degree murder cases are set to appear in court Monday.

Motions will be heard in the cases of Cavin White, LaMichael Grant, Edward Hawkins and Shakeem Barnes.

White, 33, of 107 Cobble Creek Drive, was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Lonnie D. Yancey, 28.

Yancey was shot Dec. 15, 2011, several times with a handgun at the Garrett Road and Vanco Mill Road intersection where deputies recovered a blue 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Deputies interviewed Jerrica Jones, Yancey’s girlfriend, who was in the vehicle with him at the time he was shot.

She stated she had just pulled away from a gas station N.C. 39 and was driving on Garrett Road when she noticed a silver BMW passing her car, according to court documents.

She heard several gunshots when her car approached the stop sign the intersection and Yancey fell on her, according to court documents.

Timothy Neal, 34, of 23 Foster Road, is co-defendant in this case.

Both White’s and Neal’s cases have been declared capital, which means they can be put to death if found guilty.

Grant, of 317 Pearl St., was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the March 2012 shooting death of Avone Fouch.

According to the autopsy, 31-year-old Fouch, of 277 Faulkner St., was shot at 6:30 p.m. near the Party Pickup convenience store on North Garnett Street.

He died an hour later at Maria Parham Medical Center.

Police arrested Grant on March 13, the day following the shooting incident. His case was declared non-capital, which means prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.

A trial date is set for Nov. 10.

Hawkins was indicted on first-degree murder in the Feb. 16, 2013, shooting deaths of Kenya Odessa Hodges and Michael Jerome Kearney.

Hodges, 34, of 519 Daniel St., and Kearney, 33, of 804 Epsom Road, were found dead at the Scottish Inn on North Garnett Street. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.

No trial date has been set.

Barnes was indicted on first degree-murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old La’Darrius Talley.

Talley, of 776 Mount Pleasant Road, Manson, was found killed in a car that crashed on Lincoln Street.

He was pronounced dead on the scene. No trial date has been set.

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