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Bank robbery suspect was awaiting trial in 2010 slaying

Posted July 26, 2011

— Durham police arrested two men Monday night, linking them to the robbery of a SunTrust Bank at 2714 Erwin Road earlier in the day.

Ishmael Scarlett, 27, who also goes by the name Leryan Ishmael Scarlett, was out on bond awaiting trial in the 2010 slaying of George Junior Pratt.

Police say Pratt was sitting in his car in the 1100 block of Franklin Street on April 7, 2010, when a man pulled him from his car and shot him. He died two months later. Scarlett and another man, Robert Earl Wilkerson, 27, of North Duke Street, were charged with murder.

Scarlett has a long criminal record and spent 4½ years in jail on 2003 convictions for attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was arrested again in Sept. 2008 on drug charges

Police arrested  Isaac Scarlett, 16, as his partner in the bank robbery. The men, who live at 2513 Shirley St., are brothers. 

Ishmael Scarlett was being held on $1.25 million bond Monday night – $750,000 bond for the Durham bank robbery and $500,000 for a Wake County probation violation. He is charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, accessory after the fact, felony conspiracy, robbery with a dangerous weapon and aiding and abetting robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Isaac Scarlett faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of stolen goods, second-degree kidnapping and assault by pointing a gun. His bond was set at $1 million.


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  • leeflordia Jul 28, 2011

    Turns out that there was only little evidence linking scarlett to the murder and no evidence linking the other 2,thus by law the judge has to impose a reasonable bond. Its a shame that people are quick to claim the USA as the best country in the world but are quick to convict people in the media. Our judical system is the best in the world. let A jury hear the case and impose the correct sentence. let us not forget about all those who are wrongly convicted only to serve time in harsh prisons and be released later. let us not only hold the criminal's who commit crimes accountable but also those who put innocent people in prison.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 26, 2011

    He need the money so he could get himself a better lawyers. You know how important that is in a murder case.

  • u stand corrected Jul 26, 2011

    Between the cops and homeowners, we might start cleaning up the streets. Funeral homes are DYING for their business.

  • Insane in the left lane Jul 26, 2011

    Well. let's let him out to do it again.

  • fayncmike Jul 26, 2011

    "Could some one explain how you murder some one but they die two months after the altercation? Not being sarcastic I just don't understand that one."

    The injurious were the proximate cause of death. He could have died years later and it would still apply.

  • cpmccols Jul 26, 2011

    Slantedeyes: I'm not sure about this case in particular. However, the person could have been mortally wounded, hospitalized (induced coma), later dying. The person also could have been wounded and died from complications relating the that injury.

  • SmokeWagon Jul 26, 2011

    .."Wasn't he entitled to the money at the bank? I don't see what he did that was so wrong. My paycheck gets robbed every two weeks so undeserving people can have some money.
    Capitalism Fan.."


  • slantedeyes Jul 26, 2011

    Could some one explain how you murder some one but they die two months after the altercation? Not being sarcastic I just don't understand that one.

  • FitnessMan Jul 26, 2011

    I agree with something I just read. There is no reason on earth that this POS should have been out on bond waiting for trail for murder. The judge, lawyer, etc that got/gave him bond, should be held for acccessory to the crime. If you started having pealties like that, we wouldn't have all this murdering, molesting, criminals on the street.

  • pmck Jul 26, 2011

    I'm going to find out who the judges were and will actively campaign against them. Enough is enough.