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DA: Bullet hole in neighborhood unrelated to Denkins' shooting

Posted March 18, 2016
Updated March 19, 2016

— Wake County crime scene investigators returned Friday afternoon to the scene where Akiel Denkins was shot and killed by a Raleigh police officer on Feb. 29 after an independent investigation claimed to find new evidence in the case.

Denkins, 24, was shot and killed by Raleigh police officer D.C. Twiddy, who was attempting to arrest Denkins on an outstanding drug warrant, according to police.

Attorneys representing Denkins’ family said new evidence—a possible bullet hole—was discovered that didn’t appear in the initial police report.

“If that is a bullet hole, and if there’s a bullet in there that would match the officer’s gun, then that would contradict his statement that the shooting happened around the corner, behind the back of the patio,” said Scott Holmes, Denkins’ family attorney. “That would be a significant contradiction between his account and what the physical evidence would show.”

On Saturday, though, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman released a statement that said investigators determined the evidence "tended to show the hole was not related" to the shooting involving Denkins. Documentation of the additional findings will be included in the full investigation, Freeman said.

Holmes told WRAL News that the family and legal team are grateful for the state's quick response time.

"We haven't had the opportunity to see what their investigators saw inside the house," he said. "We thank them."

A preliminary report from Raleigh police said Twiddy struggled with Denkins, and that Denkins was reaching for a gun when he was shot.

Twiddy maintains that he opened fire only after it appeared Denkins was reaching for a gun in his belt. Authorities said they found a stolen weapon near Denkins’ body.

Denkins was shot four times, in the chest, left forearm, upper right arm and shoulder, according to a preliminary autopsy report released on March 3. Twiddy suffered minor injuries.

Twiddy, 29, has been employed by the Raleigh Police Department since 2009 and is assigned to the Field Operations Division. He was placed on administrative leave, pending the completion of an investigation

Holmes said he and his colleagues would like to speak with Twiddy, in an effort to clear up what Holmes described as “inconstancies in his account.”

No additional information was released.


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  • Jim Wooten Mar 20, 2016
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    What the DA actually said was "the hole is not related to the investigation". Notice that there is no mention of a "bullet hole" in their statement.

    That's because the hole in question is clearly a drilled hole near the home's utilities, not a bullet hole. Even a rank amateur sleuth can tell the difference between the two.

    I hope the family isn't paying too much for either their investigators or their lawyer because it appears they aren't getting much.....

  • Phil Manutz Mar 20, 2016
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    This sounds like a fishing expedition for an elusive Unicorn.

  • John Johnson Mar 20, 2016
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    Not Surprising! Guess suing for $ million $ Just got Smaller.. Bad Choices, Leads to Bad Results. When Did Criminals become more important than the Law Abiding Citizens, Who Work For a Living...

  • Doug Bogard Mar 20, 2016
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    Actually Mr. Hasty, It is about the Government, media, black community, black activists, all trying to marter a criminal and villinize a police officer.
    Mr Denkins chose his life of crime. It ended due to his choice. This is all over the news only because it was a black criminal and a white officer. The black community cannot accept responsibility for it's failures. It is always someone else's fault.
    White people do not riot or protest because we accept our failures and hold people accountable for their actions.
    Do you understand "accountability"? It is when one is responsible for ones choices and the repercussions of said choice's.

  • Byrd Ferguson Mar 20, 2016
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    Hey, you were right! It was his gang member friends. There's no story here, folks. Rev. Barber, it's time to put your money where your mouth is and get to work in your neighborhoods.

  • Donald Holder Mar 19, 2016
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    I heard they also found a Kit-Kat wrapper on the other side of the fence. Denkins had bought a Kit-Kat at the store right before he ran. The people who live in the house don't eat Kit-Kats. This proves that Denkins was over the fence and the office dragged him back over before he shot him.

  • Carl Young Mar 19, 2016
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    These attorneys are doing a disservice to both the family and the community. If they want to conduct a separate investigation then fine, have at it. But holding a press conference to smear the officer by discussing what things "might mean" and is based on total speculation is reckless and causes the public to stop listening to whatever you have to report. Say whatever you want about law enforcement, but when they hold press conferences, it is based on provable facts, This is why it sometimes takes awhile for police to comment on something. I have no doubt that there are instances of police brutality, corruption and discrimination out there -but folks this is not one of them. This is not the case to hang your hat on. This was a case of a documented gang member who was armed, wanted for dealing drugs, and resisting an officer. Those are the provable facts. Like it or not it was a justified shooting- deal with it.

  • Janet Ghumri Mar 19, 2016
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    So these lawyers are just stomping around the neighborhood, looking for anything that may possibly be able to create reasonable doubt?
    I'm sure that the residents are able to point out lots of things that were 'missed' in the investigation. I also wonder if there were missed things that pointed to the officers version of the incident, would they be just as interested in documenting and examining it?
    Does this 'transparency' they keep demanding work both ways? Because it's looking more like a one way mirror.

  • Paul Parker Mar 19, 2016
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    Hey there genius, re-read the article. The hole was not related to the shooting. That would just maybe (actually, most certainly) mean that the bullet, if there was even a bullet there, didn't match the officers gun!

  • Steve Clayton Mar 19, 2016
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    Do you people know that neighborhood? Bullet holes in a lot of houses there.