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Man, woman arrested in 2008 Raleigh slaying

Posted March 23, 2011

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— Raleigh police arrested a man and a woman early Wednesday in connection with a nearly three-year-old slaying.

Norman Trevor Williams, 24, and Jennifer Tu Taing, 24, each face a first-degree murder charge in the death of Jesse George Brunner, 26, who was found shot to death along Spanish Court early July 12, 2008.

Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said that homicide detectives have "continually and tenaciously" kept up the investigation and, on Tuesday, received "valuable information" that led to the arrests.

He said Wiliams was arrested at his home at 3807 Webster Road, and Taing was arrested during a traffic stop on Capitol Boulevard. They were taken to the Wake County jail.

Detectives have determined that Brunner and Williams knew one another and that the slaying was not a random act, Sughrue said. More details were not disclosed.

Williams has a single previous conviction for misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon in 2004, according to state Department of Correction records.

The follow-up investigation of Brunner's death is continuing, and anyone with information that might help detectives is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.


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  • dontgetmestarted Mar 23, 2011

    dlwilliams1 I agree with you. Unfortunately, as I'm sure we will soon see by a future poster, people today don't want to hear the truth as it doesn't fit into their "modern" life. For some reason humanity seems to have the idea that morals should be changed with the times. Technology, etc. are constantly changing, morals should be a constant.

  • dlk13ster Mar 23, 2011

    "The solution lies not in the prison system which includes building more prisons and death penalties, not in rehab, but in the re-establishment and resurrection of THE GOD FEARING MAN, WOMAN, and FAMILY."-dlwilliams1

    That may be true, and it might not be. But the most pressing question with your proposal is:

    How do we REGULATE that?

    Even if we ignore the question of "should," how would we "restore" the fear of God? State-mandated parenting classes? Mandatory philosophy and ethics classes in school? Issuing "parenting licenses" to people who pass a test proving they are legally competent to be parents?

    I'm not passing judgment on any of these ideas, mind (in fact, many of them are already par for the course, for people who are wanting to adopt).

    But the question becomes, how do we as a society control "family morality."

    And with respect, who says we (or anyone) have the power/the right to do so?

  • dlwilliams1 Mar 23, 2011

    The Death Penalty was the harsh end-all punishment for the most evil types of individuals who committed crime. Didn't work crime has been rising and falling like the ebb of the tides. The solution lies not in the prison system which includes building more prisons and death penalties, not in rehab, but in the re-establishment and resurrection of THE GOD FEARING MAN, WOMAN, and FAMILY. A Man and A Woman raising God fearing children and leading a family the way God intended. We need more males willing to be true men and not absent. It is the father who has the biggest impact on a child's life (both son and daughter) in helping to shape their character, integrity and morals. That's the solution, but the fact of the matter is that we as a nation have gotten into a cycle of where most males don't know how to be a man and most females don't know how to be women because they have to wear both hats of mother and father and the true role of Wife, mother, and nurturer is all but gone.

  • angimomma Mar 23, 2011

    Intermediate, would love to see your proof of poverty statistically improving your chances of committing a crime. I hardly think the likes of Bernie Madoff were hurting so bad they were driven to it....While I'm sure it would influence some, I would think it comes down more to upbringing and character than the size of ones pocketbook.

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Mar 23, 2011

    brittandy...sounds like a great plan! Let's start it yesterday!

  • dlk13ster Mar 23, 2011

    "It would cut crime by 90% and reduce the population by 35%. Not to mention all but eliminate the need for welfare and public assistance."-brittandy

    Yes. One might even call it "The Final Solution."

    But didn't someone try that already? As I recall, that didn't end well.

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Mar 23, 2011

    Why does she have to be the one that snitched? Maybe she is the one that killed the guy or had him killed because she didn't get enough money on the nightstand.

  • Mar 23, 2011

    "sooooo . . .she snitched."

    Yep, she did the right thing.

  • uthink Mar 23, 2011

    sooooo . . .she snitched.

  • Call It Like I See It Mar 23, 2011

    Prison life must be nice, and living on MSNBC like i do has lead me to that conclusion... no bills, no responsibilties, sleep when you want, watch tv, play outside, meals are served for you.... somebody wants an easy way out, commit a crime.