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Durham Man, Being Held in 1 Shooting, Charged With Murder in 2nd

Posted December 19, 2007

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— City police Wednesday charged a 20-year-old man with murder in a Nov. 16 slaying in which men in a car fired shots into a second vehicle, killing one man and injuring a second.

Michael Kelly, of East Cornwallis Road, was already in the Durham County Jail on charges from a Nov. 17 shooting, police said. They said he also had been charged in a March 23 shooting that wounded a 14-year-old boy and a March 7 drive-by shooting.

The murder charge Wednesday stemmed from the Nov. 20 death of Cody D. Gurley, 21.

Gurley was in a car with Deshaun Mitchell, 24, and another man when a white Jeep Cherokee pulled up beside them near the intersection of Fayetteville and Ramseur streets, according to police.

An occupant of the Jeep fired at least one shot at the Honda the men were in, police said. The Honda ran off the right side of the road near East Main and Elizabeth streets and struck a power pole.

The Jeep pulled up to the Honda, and several more shots were fired, officials said.

Mitchell was hospitalized.

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