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Suspect In Durham Homicide Turns Himself In; Another Remains At Large

Posted December 1, 2003

— Durham police are investigating a weekend altercation that left a man shot to death and three other people wounded.

According to investigators, the shooting occurred during an argument Saturday night in the parking lot of M&M Mini Mart at 614 Lakeland Street.

One of two suspects in the shooting remained on the loose Monday.

A suspect identified as Travis Dowdy, 22, turned himself in at Durham Police Headquarters late Sunday and was placed under arrest.

Investigators are still looking for the other suspect, Michael Leon Spears, 20, of Merrick Street in Durham.

Both Dowdy and Spears have been charged with one count of murder and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.

Officers responded to a "disturbance with weapons" at the store around 9:45 p.m. When they arrived, they found that four people had been shot.

Cedric Laquan Davis, 21, of 11-A Sima Street, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two females were taken to local hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds and released.

A male victim was seriously injured and remained hospitalized Sunday.

Anyone with information about the shooting or Spears' whereabouts is asked to call investigator Anthony Smith at

560-4440, ext. 239

or CrimeStoppers at


CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases.


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