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Suspect on Probation at Time of Fatal Durham Shooting

Posted May 15, 2007

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— Durham police made an arrest Tuesday in connection with the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old girl.

Holly Lyons, 17, of Hoover Road, was arrested and charged with the March 25 death of Tavisa Cartnail. Police said a bullet hit Cartnail while she was in the back seat of an SUV traveling along Driver Street near Taylor Street. She was pronounced dead at her Fidelity Street home nearby after the driver rushed her there.

A bullet also grazed the head of Cartnail's 16-year-old sister, who was sitting in the front seat. Investigators said Lyons was out on bond at the time of the fatal shooting.

Durham police and members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Lyons at around 2 a.m. Tuesday inside an apartment on Keystone Place. Authorities said they do not believe Lyons and Cartnail knew each other.

Lyons has also been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in the shooting of Cartnail's sister.

Lyons is on one-year probation for possession of stolen goods. He was arrested April 10 and charged with possession of a firearm by a minor. He was also arrested March 31 and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and discharging a firearm within city limits in connection with an incident on Glenbrook Drive.

Police said Lyons may have shot himself in the leg in the Glenbrook Drive incident after firing shots at another person who was not injured.

Lyons was being held in the Durham County Jail without bond.

The evening that Cartnail and her sister were shot, police had received a call about a man shooting wildly in the Driver-Taylor intersection. Cars that arrived there within a minute after getting the call could not find anyone, however.


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  • casper May 16, 2007

    @ salut2daking= your definition is street slang. You tried to play a race card when none was needed and you used street slang to back up your proof. People like you act like nappy is racist also.Everything is racist in your mind so before you call someone else racist look in the mirror. Maybe if you leaned what words meant then you wouldnt have to resort to street slang.

  • salut2daking May 16, 2007

    lol..I really can't believe I am disputed on the meaning of Thug. Someone actually goes and looks the definition up on "the web" and because "the web" says that is the definition so it must be true. My definition is true too.

  • casper May 16, 2007

    I didnt read anything about race in the definition did anyone else??

  • vette212 May 16, 2007

    You goes and looked it up, should read, you guys go and look it up.

    Proof read. LOL

  • vette212 May 16, 2007

    Definitions of Thug on the Web:

    Its just funny you goes looked it up. LOL
    I know the hood definition but did not know the definition on the web. I learned something new today. LOL

  • hefty-lefty May 16, 2007

    Does he really deserve another chance???

  • mslisac363 May 16, 2007

    When are the people that make the laws going to stop returning these people back on the streets and letting them to continue crime until they kill someone? People stop using race, because we see the main three races in the US everyday in the news doing the same crimes. We should direct our attitudes towards the law makers and not among ourselves causes problems that are not there.

  • 68_polara May 16, 2007

    Wow.. that's a really good point anitov.

  • thepeopleschamp May 16, 2007

    There are policticians in NC pushing to raise the juvenile offender age from 16 to 18. If we let that happen then criminals like this will be considered juveniles until they are 18. The truth is not much happens to juvenile offenders.

  • casper May 16, 2007

    Definitions of Thug on the Web:

    ­ a highway robber who ritually murdered by strangulation, committed by members of a religious sect in honour of the goddess Kali. They knotted a silver coin consecrated to Kali in one corner of a handkerchief, to give them a better grip. (17)

    hood: an aggressive and violent young criminal