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Brothers charged in Nash courthouse shooting

Posted October 30, 2014

Brandon Tremaine Morris, Demond Levar Morris

— Nash County authorities have charged two Rocky Mount brothers in connection with Tuesday's shooting at the county courthouse that wounded two.

Brandon Tremaine Morris, 31, of 1410 Cypress St., is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Morris surrendered to authorities Thursday morning. Investigators say he was the gunman in the shooting.

Demond Levar Morris, 36, was arrested late Wednesday in Raleigh and is also charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in the case.

Demond Morris was in the Nash County jail Thursday morning under a $500,000 secured bond. Bond information for Brandon Morris was unavailable Thursday.

Sheriff Dick Jenkins declined to provide details about Demond Morris' role in the shooting, saying only, "People try to look out for family members."

The brothers are cooperating with investigators, the sheriff said, but he didn't disclose a motive for the shooting.

The arrests come one day after another man, 23-year-old Ontarius Montrae Lewis, was released after being questioned by Nash County officials.

Jenkins on Tuesday called Lewis the gunman in the shooting that left two men critically wounded and put the quiet town of Nashville under a lockdown for several hours.

Although Lewis was charged with attempted murder after his arrest, Jenkins said Thursday that he was merely taken into custody as a "person of interest" and was released after investigators determined he had a credible alibi for the time of the shooting.

"I don't want to offer an apology. I want to say that's the way we do things," a defensive Jenkins said at a Thursday afternoon news conference when asked about Lewis. "If we have information that, say, you did it, we're going to look at you and question you. When we find out there's nothing to it, we turn you loose. We're not going to do anything wrong intentionally, I promise you that, and we're not going to convict anybody or charge anybody that's not guilty."

Shooting victims Donte'a Evans and Lamar Ricks were in stable condition Thursday at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Evans was shot in the hand and leg, while Ricks was shot in the back.

Jenkins said Evans and Ricks were targeted and knew their assailants.

The courthouse reopened Wednesday morning, and the Nashville Police Chief Thomas Bashore said Thursday that the town "is a safe place for citizens and visitors."


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  • disgusted2010 Oct 31, 2014

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    YOU are totally wrong. Dick Jenkins is the most reasonable sheriff in one hunderd miles of raleigh. He made a reasonable statement, he did his job and there is no need to apologize. It is people like you who hate law enforcement and uphold criminals who are the problem and should apologize to the good tax paying, law abiding citizens.

  • Sadie Howard Oct 31, 2014
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    Did anyone see the interview last night with the elected sheriff. The man was arrested mistakely and the sheriff said I will not apologize for doing so and will arrest someone in question again that is what we do. Now I can see you bringing a person in for question, but to arrest and blast their face across the news is something different. You made a mistake and you should offer some type of apology . I certainly hope his seat is up for election because the dude has a attitude problem. Glad they have the right shooters. I know this was serious but with a person having a nasty attitude and don't mind showing it in front of viewers wow get him out of that seat glad I am not a resident of his county.

  • Richard Hertz Oct 31, 2014
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    I hope these to get put away forever. Because we do not need people this smart walking around among us normal folks

  • notjustmom Oct 30, 2014

    Police reported the victims knew their attackers. Perhaps the false name was provided by the victims? Seems like the Police were being thorough in questioning and then releasing the first suspect after his alibi was confirmed. Some have questioned why law enforcement didn't return fire. I for one am glad no officers fired into a crowded public area. Glad we aren't experiencing riots in the streets because of over-zealous law enforcement. Thanks to all working to keep the public safe!

  • Dethklok Oct 30, 2014

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    Yep. Best for everyone if you don't.

  • Mannin Black Oct 30, 2014
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    Congratulations! You have been selected to be removed from the gene pool. Please grab your foil hat and follow me.

  • babylaceycarpenter Oct 30, 2014

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    Try paying attention to their last names. They ARE brothers. The article doesn't claim "brothas" it claims "brothers", as in kin, siblings, same father.

  • UNCgirl1 Oct 30, 2014

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    You do realize that they ARE brothers, don't you? It wasn't a racist mark. Why does everyone have to make EVERYTHING about race!

  • sinenomine Oct 30, 2014

    Sound Tech, I have re-read Itsmyopinion67's post which you characterize as being racist. It is not racist. He/she is being facetious and it is obvious that he/she is not seriously suggesting that every black person in the courthouse be arrested. The argumentative device being used is "reductio ad absurdum" as to which see an article here:


  • Itsmyopinion67 Oct 30, 2014

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    I am racist? How? Heck even WRAL is calling them "Brothers" in their headline!