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Johnston County Deputies Arrest Three Suspects in Murder of Teenage Girl

Posted July 12, 2000

— Johnston County deputies have arrested all three suspects wanted in the weekend murder of a teenage girl.

Lamorris J. Chapman, 17, and Dejuan Morgan, 19, both turned themselves in to authorities Friday. Both face a murder charge in connection with the Sunday shooting of Seleana Nesbitt, 16, of Selma.

Another suspect, Jared Clemmons, 21, of Clayton, was arrested Thursday and charged with Nesbitt's murder. He was being held in the Cumberland County Jail without bond.

Sheriff deputies in Johnston County say Nesbitt was apparently a victim of circumstance. Deputies say she was riding home with some friends when she was hit with a bullet intended for someone else.

"It appears that a vehicle drove up behind them and shots were fired from the second vehicle," says Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell.

Investigators say that the two men in the front seats of the vehicle were the intended targets.

Nesbitt's family moved to Selma to escape from crime in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, she could not escape from a gunman's bullet.

"I think about the happy times we used to have. I think about the times when we used to run around," says Roosevelt Conyers, a friend of Seleana.

A 15-year-old girl who was sitting next to Nesbitt in the back seat was also injured.


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