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Fourth suspect arrested in fatal Halifax home invasion

Posted July 13, 2011

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— Authorities have arrested the last of four people accused in a Halifax County home invasion in which their suspected 17-year-old accomplice was killed, the Halifax County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.

A resident fired at five people trying to break into a home in the 1400 block of N.C. Highway 481 in Enfield early June 25, Detective J. Puhak said. The 17-year-old, whose name was withheld, was killed.

Investigators issued arrest warrants charging Marcus Manquell Bell, 26, of Rocky Mount, Diamante Harrell, 19 of Raleigh, Jasmine Deshaunda Graham, 20, of Battleboro, and Martaveon Kewanty Lynch, 17, of Battleboro, with first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery, discharging a weapon into occupied property and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Graham, Harrell and Lynch were apprehended within three days of the home invasion. Bell was arrested Sunday by Rocky Mount police, who helped track him down, Puhak said.

All four suspects are scheduled to appear in court Sept. 21.

Authorities said the 17-year-old who was killed was on a weekend pass from the Edgecombe Development Center, which is run by the state Department of Juvenile Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention and offers courses to help youth in custody re-enter their communities.

His grandmother called authorities when he didn't come home and later identified his body, authorities said.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 14, 2011

    @Tax Man, this story shows that homeowners can already protect themselves with lethal force. How would any new laws (more government) help this homeowner?

  • Tax Man Jul 13, 2011

    this is why we need the Castle Doctrine in NC - anyone who enters a home or business with bad intent needs to be killed. Simple solution to a simple problem. I have my guns ready - please do not make me use them. I would have no regrets.

  • 2alegal Jul 13, 2011

    Yep!!! Its time for CHANGE!!!!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 13, 2011

    "I have CCW permit and am armed almost all the time. I have had two close calls within the last year." -- Scare Crow

    Really? I'm kindof an old guy and I've NEVER had a close enough call that I wanted to be armed.

    Personally, I couldn't do it anyway. You can't drink when you carry a gun and I wouldn't give that up because of some punks in the world. Of course, I'm already dangerous....since I know how to use my brain. ;-)

  • danunger Jul 13, 2011

    I will pay for that homeowner to attend marksmanship classes so he can make a clean sweep the next time. Poor 17 year old indeed, on weekend pass from trouble he was already in and still out stealing.....he asked for it, he got it!

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 13, 2011

    At lease charge them with Manslaughter too. I believe some other charges alway come to mind. I sure hope none of them walk for get probation, hard time is what needed here. Send a message to other would be.

  • Scare Crow Jul 13, 2011

    twc, when more perpetrators are shot and to the point where it becomes commonplance then they may ask the question "If I break in this house will I get shot?" It may make a difference. But who knows, they are not the brightest bulb on the tree. So any logic of getting killed goes out the window.
    I have CCW permit and am armed almost all the time. I have had two close calls within the last year. Thank God for guns, hey johnny!!!!

    Great to be alive!

  • citizensoldier16 Jul 13, 2011

    Come on WRAL....where is the paragraph where you state no charges have been filed against the homeowner who was protecting his LIFE? Huh? Or is your aim to make this sob story all about how the poor little gang banger got killed?

  • msgtlen Jul 13, 2011

    Home owner should have the "means" to stop invaders to their homes.

  • NCwhisperer... Jul 13, 2011

    I agree with you twc....and if a gun is taken into the house...then they should be held for attempted murder also.....

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