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Clayton police offer reward to find teen charged with murder

Posted December 30, 2014

Cortaz Quemel Lucas

— Clayton police investigators are offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a teen accused of killing a 28-year-old man during an argument.

Police said Cortaz Quemel Lucas Jr., 17, shot Robert Lee Horton several times in the chest while the two argued inside Horton’s home at the Atla Mobile Home Park about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Horton died later at WakeMed.

Lucas has had several addresses in the past year in Johnston County. He most recently lived at 114 Dennis Way in Clayton. He also has a criminal record as a juvenile and was wanted on a probation violation at the time Horton was shot. He was on probation for assault and kidnapping charges.

Investigators have obtained warrants charging Lucas with first-degree murder in Horton’s death, but they have been unable to locate him.

“Our detectives and officers have combined forces with several neighboring agencies and have been working around the clock to bring this young man in,” Stacy Beard, spokeswoman for the Town of Clayton, said in a statement. “They’ve searched several homes, continue to obtain new search warrants and remain confident they will make an arrest, but are asking for the public’s help to bring justice in this crime.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jason Linder at 919-553-0158 or Crime Stoppers at 919-359-8479. Callers can remain anonymous.
Police did not release the amount of the reward.


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  • Doseofreality88 Jan 7, 2015

    17 and already a lifer...smh

  • LetsBeFair Dec 30, 2014

    the public is unsafe with him at large

  • Ginger Lynn Dec 30, 2014
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    what a record for a 17 year old. parents must be so proud. I didn't know you could get probation for assault and kidnapping! Who was the judge?

  • stymieindurham Dec 30, 2014

    How could anyone assist a man who so violently murdered somebody?
    It's called the "snitches get stitches" culture. Plus, THEY DON'T CARE!!!!

  • Alexia Proper Dec 30, 2014
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    So somebody is harboring a fugitive, perhaps. That just means one or two more might be charged along with this man. How could anyone assist a man who so violently murdered somebody?