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Man pleads guilty in Raleigh cabdriver's death

Posted November 12, 2009

— The third of four men charged in the shooting death of a cabdriver in north Raleigh last December pleaded guilty Thursday.

Jayshon Najee Norment, 20, of 925-C Heathridge Court, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. Eugene Dumas, 20, of 211 Shelden Drive, and Xavia Monqual Barnes, 18, of 3020 #9 Spanish Court, previously pleaded guilty to the same charges.

Sentencing for all three was deferred until after they testify against the fourth co-defendant, Alexander Hakeen Gonzales, 20, also of 3020 #9 Spanish Court. No trial date has been set.

Michael Howard Palmer, 59, was killed on Dec. 15 during an attempted robbery outside Quail Ridge Apartments, at Falls of Neuse and Millbrook roads, after he dropped off a fare.

Family members say Palmer spent his adult life driving cabs. He had worked for AAA Cab for about two months before his death.

Another Raleigh man pleaded guilty Thursday to robbery with a dangerous weapon in a separate, but related, case.

Joseph Yates robbed a woman last December and tossed a handgun used in the hold-up in some bushes. Authorities said he told friends where the gun could be found, and the weapon was later used to kill Palmer.


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  • Just the facts mam Nov 12, 2009

    The criminals fit an all too familiar pattern. Maybe if the criminals received the same punishment as they gave to their innocent victim then criminals would think twice before committing senseless crimes like this!But instead they will be guests of the government with 3 free meals a day, a roof over their head courtesy of us taxpayers, free health care, and they can hang out with their homeys all day goofing off... Does not sounds like much of punishment to me!!!

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Nov 12, 2009

    Shackle them together and make them go before every high school in the state....Let others,who think this behavior is cool, see what happens to a ruined life(s).... Just think in 10-14 years you might see these clowns out in your own neighborhood.

  • working for deadbeats Nov 12, 2009

    What fine kids they turned out to be. I bet the parents or PARENT are just so proud. As far as names, we'll they sounded cool at first maybe. Have you ever watched Maury? No pattern here..

  • davidbh61255 Nov 12, 2009

    I don't see how you can love a child and curse them with names like these!!No chance from the start!!

  • davidbh61255 Nov 12, 2009

    Maybe they can give them a # in prison instead of those hideous names!!

  • davidbh61255 Nov 12, 2009

    Thugs and future bums!!

  • 6079 SMITH W Nov 12, 2009

    Somebody should be charged with a crime for giving these guys their names....Barry Saunders, help me!!!

  • 2early4me Nov 12, 2009

    What a lovely set of young people we have here - how proud their parents must be of them. Makes me sick to my stomach that this filth roams around our streets and cities.