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Durham man charged with murder

Posted November 11, 2008

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— Durham police said Tuesday that they had charged Alton Dewayne “Popeye” Sanders, whom they already had in custody, with the Oct. 14 murder of a man in the 1300 block of Nnorth Hyde Park Avenue.

Sanders was arrested in October on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and discharging a firearm within the city limits for a shooting in August on Hoover Road.

Police believe he shot a man in the leg and buttocks while driving by 1126 S. Hoover Road at 11:50 p.m. on Aug. 4. That victim survived.

The murder charge stems from the shooting of Lamont Monty Brandon Jr., 19. Brandon was shot in the chest and later died of his wounds at Duke University Hospital.


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  • readme Nov 12, 2008

    It baffles me that our society is so soft on crime. When it comes to theft and violent crime, this is the one thing I don't mind my tax dollars going to!!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 12, 2008

    The greatest thing Obama could do, as President, would be to change the lives of his own race. That would do more to secure America than almost ANY President in history.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 12, 2008

    68_polara... You win the prize! Finally a post that actually hit the nail on the head.

    I do disagree with you slightly about problems with the police department. The problem is simply Liberal Judges who allow defense attorneys to get away with almost any defense. And when they do convict, the Liberal Judges don't have the cahunas to give a stiff sentence. Then there's the Liberal Parole Board members who let these punks back out on the street before they have served their time. If these problems were corrected, you wouldn't need as many police to re-arrest these punks multiple times. But I totally stand by my previous comments. Inner-city Durham has a much too high of a crime rate considering the population.

  • 68_polara Nov 12, 2008

    In fact after the resent elections I'm gravely concerned for the rest of the country as well.

  • 68_polara Nov 12, 2008

    DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT, Not everyone in durham commits crimes the reality is that it's only a number of violent repeat offending felons that are doing most of the murders and that's why so often you read that those arrested are already in custody and they seem to so often already have mug shots of those they are looking for. The problem is this, the criminal justice system in Durham is a joke the officers are under paid so the department goes under staffed, good officers leave for better jobs else where. Those who stay respond to many calls, property crimes pretty much go uninvestigated. Then we have the liberal Durham judges that ensure that the Durham county court house is just a revolving door for the repeat violent offenders. Durham's priorities are with throwing public money at redevelopment and ball parks not public safety. Unfortunately however I can't imagine this changing anytime soon because I don't see Durham electing much needed conservative leadership.

  • BlueSkys Nov 11, 2008

    Durham is a good place to live,I just make sure I have my taser ,my pepper spray and my cell phone when I go out.

  • Just the facts mam Nov 11, 2008

    I appreciated reading your comments. The vast majority of people in Durham are very good people, and most people know that. But too many of them are not, and thus lies the problem. There is an old expression that a few bad apples can ruin the whole barrel, and that is how many people view this city. Get rid of the bad apples, then the whole barrel starts to look good...

  • anneonymousone Nov 11, 2008

    DeathRow, your math is bad, and your unkindness is worse.

    I love working and living in Durham. Yes, some of the kids with whom I work have ended up in tragic situations, but hundreds more have gone on to be productive, happy, creative, _good_ adults. DeathRow, thousands of Durhamites, me included, work to make a difference in ways that are paid with money and/or in currencies of the soul; besides snideness, what do you have to offer?

    The young man who stayed behind to help his wheelchair-bound coworker escape the burning World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 was from Durham, and was a graduate of public schools. The thousands of people from Durham who go about their lives in such a way that we don't make the scary headlines deserve better than what you say of us and our home.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 11, 2008

    If my count is correct, following all of the Durham murder arrest articles, all but about 100 inner-city dwellers should be incarcerated by now. In a few months, downtown Durham will be a desolate place. I'm sure they'll all be having a party in the Durham Jail.

  • Just the facts mam Nov 11, 2008

    Durham seems to be having a lot of murders recently - wonder why that is.