Second murder charge for teen

Jun. 06, 2013 @ 05:59 PM

Corey Demel Cheek Jr., a 17-year-old from Henderson, now has two first-degree murder charges for homicides happening 12 months apart.

Cheek was arrested Wednesday and charged in the shooting death of Jerry Olandes Wright. Wright was shot to death on Feb. 24, 2012, at the Beacon Light Masonic Lodge on West Andrews Avenue.

Earlier this year, Cheek was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 21 shooting death of 17-year-old Ja’Quon Ty’Ree Seward.

Capt. Marcus Barrow, the interim police chief, made the announcement of Cheek’s arrest Wednesday afternoon. Barrow confirmed the family of Wright was notified of Cheek’s arrest before a press release was sent out.

In Wednesday’s arrest, Cheek is charged with first-degree murder, pattern gang activity, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, felony riot and discharging a firearm in the city. Cheek, who is in jail without bond, would have been 16 years old at the time of the homicide.

Barrow indicated other arrests are possible in the case.

Cheek, along with two others, was indicted for felony first-degree murder in Seward’s death. Cheek, Gary Treshon Holden and Ramek Holden were each also indicted on felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, pattern gang activity and inciting to riot.

Daquan Ortiz faces a voluntary manslaughter charge in the case, and a juvenile was also arrested.

Wright, 45, of 302 Lincoln Ave., was killed instantly by a single gunshot to the right side of the head, just above the ear, according to autopsy reports released by the office of the chief medical examiner in Chapel Hill.

The investigation was conducted jointly between the Henderson Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation, according to Barrow.

Cheek was arrested the day after Seward’s shooting death and charged with intimidating a witness in the Seward homicide investigation. The following day, Cheek was arrested on a charge of hit and run.


Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.