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Teen Faces Second Murder Charge

Posted October 5, 1996

— After charging a Hillsborough teenager with one murder on Thursday, authorities charged him and two others in a August slaying as well.

Richard Earl Sorrell, Jr., 16, of 5506 St. Mary's Road was first charged in Thursday's stabbing death of a friend, Herbert C. Keeter, III, 18. Keeter and Sorrell reportedly had argued about a pack of cigarettes outside the McDonald's on Old NC 86 at I-85. Police said Sorrell, Keeter and two friends had all been drinking before the stabbing.

Police said Sorrell admitted to them that he had stabbed Keeter, whose body was found face-down near a picnic area outside the McDonald's. Sorrell's mother had brought him to the police department.

Shortly thereafter, Orange County Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass issued a statement saying that Sorrell and two other teens had been charged with robbery and murder in the death of John D. Creighton.

Creighton, 21, who lived in Durham, had been found fatally stabbed August 18. Investigators were stumped, and a public appeal for information was unhelpful.

One aspect of Creighton's death particularly baffled officials -- he had last been seen near the intersection of NC 54 and NC 55 in southern Durham County but his body was found 20 miles away near Hillsborough.

Also arrested in Creighton's murder were Frankie Lee Peach, 17, of 2603 E. Horseshoe Rd., Creedmoor, and Charles L. Keith, 19, of 1214 Mangum St., Durham, according to Pendergrass.

The three are being held without bond in Orange County jail. Their first court appearances are expected Monday in Orange County District Court.

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