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Arrest made in Durham house party shooting

Posted July 14, 2011

— A 23-year-old Durham man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a shooting at a house party in Durham in September, police said.

Witnesses told police that a vehicle stopped in front the house in the 1100 block of Delano Street, off Fidelity Drive, in the early morning hours of Sept. 5, and then its occupants opened fire. Seven men and one woman were shot, and two of them were seriously injured.

Marquette Travon Williams is charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and one count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

He was also arrested for failure to appear in court on earlier charges of carrying a concealed weapon and felony fleeing to elude arrest. In addition, he was arrested on out-of-county charges of attempted murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Williams was being held under a $2.1 million bond at the Durham County jail on Thursday. 

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, police said. 


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  • parichar77 Jul 14, 2011

    I meant to say - I am NOT arguing that drugs cannot be harmful.

  • parichar77 Jul 14, 2011

    scifion - once again you forgot the most important thing. Making drugs illegal does not stop their use. I am arguing that drugs cannot be harmful. I am saying that making them illegal does not stop the use. Show me a time in history where making drugs illegal substantially cut down on their usage. Sure there are some folks who don't use because it is illegal, but there are far more who use it because of, or regardless of, it being illegal. Look at prohibition, and look at how drug usage has increased over the "Drug War Era" . There are plenty of other arguments for legalization, but they are not needed if you understand this one.

  • Heel from Hell Jul 14, 2011

    "He was also arrested for failure to appear in court on earlier charges of carrying a concealed weapon and felony fleeing to elude arrest."

    Now why in the world would you allow someone to bail out on felony fleeing to elude arrest and then expect them to appear in court? Criminy!

  • mjlt3 Jul 14, 2011

    throw the book at him! Put him away for awhile!

  • storchheim Jul 14, 2011

    Not to hijack the thread, but as long as we're on the subject: we could keep a LOT of money out of Mexico and right here in NC if we converted tobacco fields to marijuana. I'd much rather pay farmers to grow pot than pay them to grow nothing. Anyone wanting to end entitlement programs need look no further than tobacco quotas.

    The violence associated with gangs and cartels is much more destructive than a few ruined lives, and some already have ruined their lives with alcohol and tobacco. Some people will never take any type of drug even if it's sold at the grocery store. Gambling and prostitution are legal in Nevada, and I have no desire to engage in either - never even been there.

    We could free up a lot of jail space by releasing nonviolent offenders, but more importantly we could make the streets and neighborhoods a lot safer. Why should I be able to get a bottle of wine at Food Lion, but have to risk life and limb to procure an ounce of marijuana?

  • scifion Jul 14, 2011

    parichar, I see what you're saying. Anecdotally, I am surprised at the number of people I've talked to in my life who haven't used illicit drugs BECAUSE they are illegal, so there's a percentage of the population who rely on that in their decision making. What that percentage is, I don't know. Furthermore, I would challenge an average non-user to procure and maintain a drug supply of, say, a schedule 4 narcotic without making a drastic change to their lifestyle and livelyhood; so there's a percentage of society who would become users if it were made available within the context of maintaining a lifestyle that made obtaining substances easier. Again, I can't pin that number to a board.

    Now, don't get me wrong, I'd like to live in a society where we are completely free and people make educated decisions that account for both their own health and its impact on the community at large, but again I'll refer to times in history where powerful narcotics were legal and available, and show you

  • lrfarms27572 Jul 14, 2011

    I think I'm noticing a trend here....repeat offenders repeating to offend.

    What is it going to take for our judicial system to get this right?

    As a citizen I have given my power to judge to the system and the system in my eyes is failing. It too has become a victim of being PC and loss of instinct and reason. It has fallen to writen law and technicality, regardless of truth.

    Our government is said to be "by the people, for the people"....

    I don't know about you but this way of life ain't "FOR ME"

  • dugmeister Jul 14, 2011

    He seems like a nice enough fella from his picture. Maybe it was all just a big misunderstanding.

  • parichar77 Jul 14, 2011

    scifion - you are forgetting the most important part with your argument. Making drugs illegal does not stop their use. Making drugs legal does not increase usage. If someone wants to do drugs, they can get them and being legal or not makes no difference. You only create a black market where gangs and criminals can get money and power, and more effectively market their product when you make it illegal.

  • scifion Jul 14, 2011

    "A third of the jails would be empty if we legalized drugs."

    Well, yes and no. Sure, folks wouldn't be incarcerated for possession and distribution, but a review of post Civil War America and 1830s China (pre-Opium War) shows a society in ruins from a significant portion of the population struggling to maintain their addition. Face it, certain drugs make people resort to animal behaviors to survive, so we'll be filling prisons for different reasons.