Reports indicate shooter was passenger
According to an autopsy and medical examiner reports released Thursday, a passenger in a car shot to death the driver on May 4.
La’Darrius A. Talley was found killed in a car that crashed on Lincoln Street on that Saturday night. He was in the driver’s seat.
Shakeem Delshon Barnes, a 19-year-old, faces first-degree murder charges and an attempted armed robbery charge. Rodriguez Antoin Crudup, 26, is charged with attempted armed robbery in the case.
According to a medical examiner’s investigative report, the 25-year-old Talley, of 776 Mount Pleasant Road in Manson, died soon after being shot in the abdomen at about 8:50 p.m., a Saturday night.
He had been driving on Lincoln Street with at least one passenger in the car with him. Police indicated to the medical examiner that the front passenger shot at least once, then Talley ran the car off the road crashing into a pillar and fence in the 100 block of Lincoln Street.
Initial reports from the scene indicated a passenger was seen jumping out of the car and running into nearby woods.
Police reports and court files name at least one witness as available for testimony in the case.
Emergency medical responders came and found that Talley had no vital signs or cardiac activity from EKG monitors. The medical examiner viewed the body at the scene at 9:30 p.m.
According to an autopsy report signed in June by Dr. Lauren Scott and Dr. Clay Nichols of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh, Talley suffered two gunshot injuries, but a shot to the upper thigh did not strike any vital areas.
A hit to the abdomen included no close-range burn to the skin, but it did include “black particulate matter” on the shirt that could indicate closeness. The bullet pierced the liver and a lower cardiac artery in the abdomen, according to the report.
Both bullets exited the body and no projectiles were found, according to the report. The examination was performed on the Monday morning following the incident.
Barnes and Crudup appeared in Vance County Superior Court on Tuesday.
This week, Barnes’ attorney, Theresa Presley, said a number of discovery matters are still pending in the case.
She reached an agreement with prosecutors to view physical evidence during the week of Dec. 9, with the case investigator on hand to ensure full disclosure without compromising the integrity of that evidence.
A final pre-trial hearing is scheduled for January to revisit all motion requests.
Barnes is noted in court records as residing at two Henderson addresses: 1901 Vicksboro Road, Lot 31, and 510 E. Montgomery Street. He remains jailed without bond, according to court records.
The case against Crudup proceeded to a final hearing of the Superior Court case management system the week of Dec. 3.
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