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Inmate's Arrest Closes 1997 Cold-Case Murder in Durham

Posted April 26, 2007

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— Durham police closed a 1997 murder Thursday with the arrest of a man who is serving time on drug charges for which they arrested him in 2001, the department announced.

Sheldon Oliver “Stone” Dupont, 31, was arrested at the state's Pasquotank Correctional Institute, a police spokeswoman said. he was returned to Durham for arraignment on charges that he murdered Derek Antonio Higgins , 20, in June 1997.

Police found Higgins lying in the street next to a car, shot in the side. The shooting stemmed from an ongoing, drug-related dispute, they said.

Detectives arrested Dupont after reviewing the cold-case file and re-interviewing witnesses, they said.


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  • Sleepsalot Apr 27, 2007

    Well to arrest them they go and say you are under arrest for the charge what ever it may be. Just because some one is incarcerated it doesn't mean they can't be charged with another crime.

  • lboyette Apr 27, 2007

    they actually have jail within prisons,well the inmates call it jail.I worked at a correction facility where the inmates walked around like they were on a college campus.When they did something against the rules they had to see a magistrate within the prison have a baby trial and be sentenced to jail time in prison.i know it sounds crazy.it really is.

  • I hear voices Apr 27, 2007

    How do you arrest someone that's already incarcerated?