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Suspects in Henderson home invasion appear in court

Posted January 9, 2012

— One of three men charged in a fatal Henderson home invasion last month, in which a teenager shot and killed one of the intruders, was freed after posting bond on Monday. 

Seneca Henderson, 20, of 907 S. Beckford Drive, No. 134, Andrew Terry, 23, of 113 N. Woods Drive, and Jatwaun Donkes Davis, 21, of 199 Belle Russell Road, are accused of breaking into the home at 586 S. Lynnbank Road on Dec. 29.

Seneca Henderson, who is charged with felony breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, entering a building with intent to commit larceny and injury to real property, was released on bond on Monday after appearing before a judge. He is also facing charges in an unrelated case involving assault on a female. He is due in court on Feb. 20. 

Davis is charged with felony breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, entering a building with intent to commit larceny and injury to real property, a reduced bond. A judge on Monday denied a request by Davis' lawyer for the bond of $40,000 to be reduced after learning Davis had been convicted of breaking and entering in March 2011.

He is due in court on again Jan. 23. 

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Terry is charged with first-degree burglary, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony possession stolen goods and misdemeanor financial card fraud. He was assigned a court-appointed lawyer on Monday. 

Henderson's brother Michael Anthony Henderson Jr., 19, is also accused of going into the home. A 14-year-old boy and his 17-year-old sister were home at the time, and the boy shot and killed Michael Henderson.

No charges are expected against the teen for firing on Michael Henderson. North Carolina's Castle Doctrine law, updated on Dec. 1, allows homeowners to assume intruders mean them ill whether they have a weapon on not.

The family has declined to comment since the shooting.

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  • crustyhalo Jan 10, 3:11 p.m.

    Free to do it again ?

  • westernwake1 Jan 10, 1:45 p.m.

    "I cannot believe this mess, that family is in danger, those guys look like gang members, I'm afraid if they don't go back themselves, they could send someone else, God it is scary!!" - paulawindley

    Especially if the other news reports coming out of Henderson are true that this family has been receiving death threats from the friends & families of the criminals. And the kids can not go to school, nor the family out in public.

    If these reports are correct, then it is totally inappropriate to offer any of these criminals bond. Bond is supposed to take into account the risk of flight and if the criminal will do further harm to the community.

  • SICKofPOLITICS Jan 10, 12:50 p.m.

    Henderson Law Enforcement is a complete and total joke! I have heard people saying "If you want to commit a crime, go to Henderson" THAT is SAD!

    Henderson (including Sheriff's dept) sends 4 officers to sit on 85 and catch people bringing counterfeit merchandise through the county and ignore the drugs, violent crimes, gangs, ect. Come election time voters need to CLEAN HOUSE, from the top down!

    I too am afraid for that child

  • paulawindley Jan 10, 12:34 p.m.

    ambergail1, I thought about the same thing, and made a comment yesterday... I cannot believe this mess, that family is in danger, those guys look like gang members, I'm afraid if they don't go back themselves, they could send someone else, God it is scary!!

  • kermit60 Jan 10, 11:31 a.m.

    Charged with multiple felonies, awaiting trial for a previous violent cime and the judge let him out. This is a disgrace to the system. What does a criminal have to do before the DA and Judge do their job and protect society from them. Why haven't they been charged with felony murder. Someone was killed during the comission of a felony. I guess the DA doesn't think the crime was bad enough. I wonder if they would be out if the house they broke into was the neighbor of the Judge?

  • FromClayton Jan 10, 11:09 a.m.

    i'm scared for the kid. is anyone else with me on that? How do we know this group will not return to the home? I'm seriously scared for the kid. Really wish they had been held without bail. Praying for that kid and his family. I feel like the justice system is failing him here. If anything happens to him I think we should hang the stupid judge who set bail so low..or at all! poor kid...what a neverending nightmare!

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 10, 8:48 a.m.

    "In most similar situations across the U.S. the other criminals face murder charges." - westernwake1


    Yep, I know. It seems to be a popular law. I just don't happen to agree with it. Try people for the actual crimes they commit, and make the consequences tough. But these felony murder rule type laws seem too much like hate crime laws, which I also disagree with.

  • Wendellcatlover Jan 10, 8:48 a.m.

    These guys sound like perfect candidates for bail/bond to me! Let's just put them back out on the streets. What are the chances they'll run like rodents to escape the trial???(Sarcasm for those of you who missed it.)

  • we-r-just-human Jan 9, 7:46 p.m.

    WRAL... didn't take long to bury this story in the back page...

  • we-r-just-human Jan 9, 7:37 p.m.

    Didn't the Eve Carson murder teach the justice system ANYTHING....WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PS, my back door is unlocked... don't knock, just step in....

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