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17-year-old charged in Clayton murder arrested in Fayetteville

Posted January 28, 2015

Cortaz Quemel Lucas Jr.

— A 17-year-old who has been on the run for a month following a fatal shooting at a Clayton home was captured early Wednesday in Fayetteville, authorities said.

Cortaz Quemel Lucas Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Robert Lee Horton, who was shot several times in the chest on Dec. 28 after the two allegedly argued inside Horton's home on Lombard Street.

Lucas was taken into custody early Wednesday morning after a traffic stop in Fayetteville. Authorities said he was hiding in the passenger floorboard area of a car.

Lucas was being held without bond Wednesday in the Johnston County jail. He is also charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, misdemeanor probation violation, second-degree trespass and assault inflicting serious injury.

Prior to Lucas' capture, officials in Clayton had contacted authorities in New York and Pennsylvania after receiving information that he could have links to Staten Island or Philadelphia.


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  • Sean Dowe Jan 30, 2015
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    Just a gentle giant.

  • gmommaopinion Jan 29, 2015

    Another teenager ruining his life. Make you wonder what kind of teachings did he received from home that he had to resort to a crime of murder. I don't believe these young people realize what the consequences will be, like here maybe getting life in prison. Then, they have no ideal what prison life is about.

  • laceybcarpenter2u Jan 29, 2015

    Another fine young black teen. Have fun in prison for the rest of your life. No wife, no kids, no job, no money and plenty of prison sex. Sounds like a nice vacation don't it?

  • AnonyMouseLOL Jan 28, 2015

    Something seriously needs to change within homes and families.
    Too many parents nowadays raising children to have no better future than this guy now has - hopeless of any glimmer of success or happiness, unless a miracle occurs, and his victim now has no future except a grave.
    It's truly sad!!!

  • LetsBeFair Jan 28, 2015

    when you open the dictionary to "world of trouble' this is the picture you see there.

  • TTmPC Jan 28, 2015

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    It's called the truth.

  • T-ONE Jan 28, 2015

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    It's called trolling.

  • Naysayer Jan 28, 2015

    Just because Cortaz's mother disapproved of their "special" relationship, was no reason for Robert to attack her. Hopefully justice is served here, but I think Cortaz might have been defending his mom.

  • runsracks2 Jan 28, 2015

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    Whoooaaaa... don't confuse them with your facts and realities, they are not concerned with reality..

  • quickemeline Jan 28, 2015

    Another bad guy down... Throw the book at him