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16-year-old sought in Lee County homicide

Posted September 24, 2015

— Authorities in Lee County were searching Thursday for 16-year-old Taveun Davis, who is wanted in a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday night in Sanford.

According to investigators, Davis, of 549 Wakefield Road, Sanford, shot Marcus Laverne Murchison at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at a home on Beulah Brown Road. Murchison died early Thursday at UNC Hospitals, authorities said in a news release.

Heather Shontell Lindsey, Murchison's girlfriend, told authorities that Davis tried to rob Murchison before shooting him. Lindsey said Davis also fired shots at her, but she was not hurt.

Davis, who also goes by Four Nick, is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. Murder charges are pending following Murchison's death, authorities said.

Police believe that Murchison and Davis knew each other.

Brenda Griffin, who lives across the street from Murchison, said she saw the men outside the home just before the shooting.

"All I saw was Marcus and a guy walking from around back of the house and Marcus was toting a bucket," said Griffin. "They were walking like they were having a normal conversation. They went in the house and I turned back and went into my house."

Soon after that, shots rang out. Lindsey called 911 and Griffin ran to the house to see what had happened.

"When I went in, he was laying on the flood [in a] puddle of blood. He was moaning, taking deep breaths," Griffin said. "He was a nice fellow. He didn't bother anybody. For somebody to do something like that, it's uncalled for."

Anyone with information about Davis' whereabouts should call 911 or the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 919-775-5531. He is considered armed and dangerous.


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  • Bernadette Dan Unger Sep 25, 2015
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    I agree with capital punishment. If this boy at 16 can kill one and try to kill another, that makes him a stone cold menace to society. Besides, a 16 year old carrying a gun?? That is just asking for disaster.

  • Mary Smith Sep 24, 2015
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    Capital punishment? Really? He's only 16.

  • LCBayer Sep 24, 2015

    A nice fellow???? Sure he was.

  • Rick Fetter Sep 24, 2015
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    Murdered him while committing a robbery, capital punishment should be his fate.

  • Tim Wallace Sep 24, 2015
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    What is the NAACP doing to stop this? Moral Monday's aren't helping. Need to start focusing on the real problems.

  • Reggie Berryman Sep 24, 2015
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    Bad parenting has been around for eons, now society has put guns in the hands of the product of bad parenting and it equals a deadly combination!

  • Joel Rado Sep 24, 2015
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    We have way too many black men going nowhere. Unfortunately, there is a lost generation.