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Man Convicted in Ambush Slaying

Posted March 20, 2008

— A Durham man was found guilty Thursday of ambushing and killing a Roxboro man two years ago.

Michael Harrison Hunt Jr., 20, was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of murder in the Aug. 8, 2006, shooting death of Adam Christopher Lutz.

Lutz, 20, was lured to a Durham neighborhood for a drug deal while Hunt and another man were waiting in some nearby woods, prosecutors said. The two men then shot Lutz in the back of the head while he sat in his car, prosecutors said.

Tyrone Lamont Baker, 20, also is charged with murder in the case and is awaiting trial.

Nicole L. Smith, 18, who prosecutors said set the trap for Lutz, pleaded guilty last October to conspiracy to commit armed robbery in exchange for her testimony against Hunt and Baker.

Janeen Webb, 17, and Stephen Kyle Knight, 20, pleaded guilty in October to felony obstruction of justice in the case for helping Hunt and the second shooter flee the area in a getaway car.


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  • Mom of two Mar 20, 2008

    I agree w/ kenloe.

  • bronzegoddess40 Mar 20, 2008

    All involved should have been sentences to life in prison. Who says that she will not do this again to some innocent person? What was she getting out of doing this, drugs?????

  • diver Mar 20, 2008

    If you're going to get drugs at least get them from someone you know.

  • jwssweetie01 Mar 20, 2008

    Well personally I know Adam, he was a kind hearted person and would do anything for anyone and had many friends. I think every single one of them deserve to be in jail and stay there. And for the killers they deserve the death penalty. Their family can still come and see them in prison but Adam's family doesnt have that priviledge anymore. He also has a now 2 year old son who was 6 months old when he was murdered who has to grow up and only know of his father by pictures and stories of others. Each and everyone of them involved in this know better, it just takes someone without a heart to take the life of another.

  • jbirdnc Mar 20, 2008

    Please disregard if I'm wrong here, but wasn't another angle of this story brought up back when this happened about Lutz being gay? Weren't people originally trying to push this as a hate crime as well? Does anyone recall this info related to this story? Regardless of his sexual orientation, this kid was set up, and murdered for nonsense. The girl who testified against the other attackers is making out in this deal. If she set the trap up, she's just as guilty.

  • caroline422 Mar 20, 2008

    Yes it is unfortunate that he died, and maybe he was doing things he should not have been, but he sure did not deserve to die.

    It’s sad that there are crackheads living off the system and off our tax money continue to do so every day, and an honest, good guy like Adam was shot in the back of the head by some cowderly idiot.

    Thank GOD Justice was served.

    I know the Lutz family will sleep better tonight.

  • PC is for Losers Mar 20, 2008

    Try to deal drugs and your looking for trouble. Tough break.

  • enoughsenough Mar 20, 2008

    This whole thing sounds shady as a stand of oak trees.

  • kenloe3981 Mar 20, 2008

    Another example of a slack D.A and judge. They all should have been given at least life. She was most likely the mastermind behind all of it. She could have stopped the murder from taking place. Its a shame that we have elected them to protect our famlies from killers. They are more concerned with getting a conviction . Didn't they have enought to get them all?

  • 215born910raised Mar 20, 2008

    Death Penalty?...Nice try.

    Its unfortunate he died but he could have prevented his own death by staying away from drugs and any other illegal activities. Just because wral shows his prom picture doesn't mean he's an innocent.