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Police Want More Information About Quadruple Homicide

Posted May 18, 2007

Lennis Harris Jr., Jonathan Skinner, Juan Coleman and Jamel Holloway were found shot to death inside a Durham townhouse on Nov. 19, 2005.

— Police have increased its reward to $3,000 for information about the 2005 execution-style slayings of four men at a Durham townhouse.

"We believe several people in our community have additional information regarding this violent crime," Cpl. David Addison, coordinator for Durham Crime Stoppers, said in an e-mail Thursday.

In October, authorities arrested Rodrick Vernard Duncan in connection with the Nov. 19 shootings of Juan Coleman, 27, Jamel Holloway, 27, Lennis Harris Jr., 24, and Jonathan Skinner, 26, inside the residence at 2222 Alpine Road.

But Addison said investigators are still "actively pursuing every lead" and want more information about the case and any additional assailants.

The four men were found lying on the carpet of a small, second-floor bedroom of the townhouse, each shot in the head. Two other people were injured.

Duncan was indicted on four counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of attempted robbery.

Investigators said the shootings were not random acts and that the victims were probably targets of a drug-related robbery. Police Chief Steve Chalmers, in a Nov. 21 interview, said the victims knew the men responsible for shooting them and that the assailant went to the townhouse with every intention to kill them.

Witnesses told police that they saw three men seen running from the area of the shooting after they heard shots. One was described as a black male with a light complexion, standing 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing dark jeans and a black-and-white jacket.

The second man fleeing the scene was described as a stocky black male, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was wearing a burgundy flight jacket and jeans.

The third man was described as a black male with a medium complexion, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was wearing a black flight jacket and blue jeans.

An addition to the Crime Stoppers reward, the Governor's Crime Commission is also offering up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Anyone with leads should contact Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200 or Durham police at 919-560-4440 ext 260.


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  • MtnDewGyrl May 19, 2007

    There are many people that are educated that do drugs...You dont have to live in a trailor or the projects to do them...Drugs have no rules and regulations...They will strike even the most intelligent people...Heroin is a good example...Its an expensive drug and most of the people that use this are rich and have had the best education...Cocaine is another expensive drug...Drugs dont care if you are poor/rich, black/white/green/pink, friends with people in politics or homeless people...Drugs are not picky

  • JMackneil May 19, 2007

    HEY NCGUY...What kind of crack have you been smoking? I've been an officer for more than 10 years and I can guarantee you that they don't pay us for more hours than we actually work. We work rotating 12 hours shifts and some weeks, we work more hours than others, but our pay is based on a 28 days cycle. Detectives and patrol officers spend much more time than you think working on cases, especially murder cases.
    You told people not to "buy" the arguement that we are overworked. It is obvious that you have not clue what you are talking about. We are way beyong overworked.

  • Notinitforthemoney May 18, 2007

    Rule number 31 in the No Snitching hand book... "Only snitch if the one lost in the crime is your momma or your grandmomma." I don't think thats the case here.

  • Education is the cure May 18, 2007

    These guys were my friends. And I miss them soooooo much. It hurts to hear such comments that the police have spent too much time on this. This shows that there is so much ignorance out there. These young talented men were very promising lifes. They touched so many people lives and it was horrible to realize that they are really gone.

  • sick of thugs 2 May 18, 2007

    "You may want to become more informed on the no snitching..there has been black activst speaking out on this. Do more research "sick of thugs2" or better yet think before you speak!"

    Hey genius. It was created by blacks! Maybe its you that needs to do research.

  • roe May 18, 2007

    You may want to become more informed on the no snitching..there has been black activst speaking out on this. Do more research "sick of thugs2" or better yet think before you speak!

  • Tyrone Williams May 18, 2007

    I wonder if the police have considered that the suspects might be pilots or in the airline industry since 2 of the 3 were wearing flight jackets.

  • ncguy May 18, 2007

    The no snitching thing is a joke! Ya they won't offer anything to police until they are looking at hard time- then they sing like a bird.
    Don't buy the Durham police are over worked- you and I wish we had the hours they do- work 30hrs get paid for 40. Yes the salary is not huge but if you divide by 40hrs it ain't that bad.

    Of course this was a drug related case- they got done up by someone they all know- thugs aren't anyone's friend in less they can get over on you some how.

    I'm sorry for the victims families but Durham has spent too much time on this.

    Like I said 1 day a thug will be looking at hard time and all the sudden they will have a suspect.

  • Cookie May 18, 2007

    Sick of thugs - if you read one of the related stories (as you suggested), it says that the victims had promising futures.

  • Cookie May 18, 2007

    I know that the crime happened in Durham, but where does is state that the victims lived in Durham?