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Bond Denied for Suspect in Deacon's Slaying

Posted November 20, 2007

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— The suspect in the slaying of an 89-year-old Bragtown man was denied bond Tuesday, a day after he surrendered to authorities.

Tory Jarel Nelson, 18, of 5121 Stanley Road, sat motionless in an orange jumpsuit during the 2.5-minute proceeding.

Once the judge ruled, he turned toward supporters and blew a kiss before being led back to jail.

He will remain in the Durham County Jail until at least Dec. 11, when he is scheduled to return to court.

Nelson faces charges of first-degree murder, breaking and entering larceny and larceny of a motor vehicle in the death of Charles Forest Davis, who was found dead in his home Sept. 26.

Detectives said Nelson had been a focus of the investigation from the start, but he was not named a suspect until Friday.

On Sept. 28, investigators searched Nelson's house and seized a pair of jeans, but the search produced no arrests.

Investigators said that Davis, a deacon at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, was stabbed to death, and his home had been ransacked.

Authorities said other arrests in the case were pending.

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  • yhwhoverptah Nov 21, 2007

    Up to this moment, I have not ever hurt anyone on purpose. I sometimes fear my temper if someone threatens me or my family, and so I have thought about the prospect of me hurting someone badly in self-defense or defense of my family. That being said, the concept frightens me, and my life would be forever changed, i couldn't just "get over" that.

    With all that said, it baffles me how someone can take a life, and then afterward feel no remorse. I could not drag myself into a courtroom, knowing what I have done, and smile, let alone blow kisses to anyone.

    I'm starting to believe the Harry Potter theory that one's soul is torn when they commit a murder, and after enough murders, their soul is in such tatters that they are unreachable. Perhaps it is the same with every crime....

  • Coach K is GREAT Nov 21, 2007

    Sorry fragmentfour, you and mom27863, have the same pic.
    My apologies to you.

  • Coach K is GREAT Nov 21, 2007

    fragmentfour also...Those who say that he is "innocent until proven guilty" did not read the story. He "turned" himself in becasue he knows he did the crime and now has to do the time.

    Good riddance to this THUG/Murderer

    I pray this never happens to anyone close TO YOU fragmentfour...
    I guess you'd share the same sentiment then as well?????????

  • Coach K is GREAT Nov 21, 2007

    Fragmentfour...Once the judge ruled, he turned toward supporters and blew a kiss before being led back to jail.

  • tiredofgovtwaste Nov 21, 2007

    Those who say that he is "innocent until proven guilty" did not read the story. He "turned" himself in becasue he knows he did the crime and now has to do the time. This is a death penalty case. I think they denied bond for his own protection as the Decon had lots of friends and they did not want one of them taking the action of the weak justice system into their own hands.

  • bronzegoddess40 Nov 20, 2007

    Good!!

  • skypilot-not Nov 20, 2007

    need to deny his freedom for the rest of his miserable life too

  • patriotsrevenge Nov 20, 2007

    Why does WRAL keep highlighting in their headlines that this man was a deacon??? He was 89 years old, isn't that outragious enough? The fact that he was a deacon is irrelevant.

  • DragonLilly123 Nov 20, 2007

    Dont do the crime, if you cant do the time.

    Once they put him in jail he needs to stay their, he deseveres it. No one deseveres to be murdered but anyone, any one who does murder should be treated the same though out no matter what race or gender.

  • sunflowerbubbles Nov 20, 2007

    Don't do the crime, if you don't want to do the time!
    Low-life's!

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