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Orange deputies identify men found shot in house

Posted October 20, 2008

— Orange County sheriff's deputies Monday identified two men found shot to death over the weekend in a house near the Durham County line.

The victims were David Junior Hayden, 49, who lived at the house at 5704 U.S. Highway 70 E., and Willie Robertson Elliott, 31, whose home address was listed as 1010 Moreland Ave., Durham, Investigator Chan P. McDade said.

"The motive for the homicides has not been established," McDade said in a statement.

A woman called 911 at 9:07 a.m. to report discovering a body in the house. Deputies found two bodies inside the house, which has a Durham City address but is in Orange County.

Deputies found the front door of the house kicked in and the bodies in the living room. An autopsy Sunday determined both had been shot to death, McDade said.

The house was rented last December by Demario Montta Thompson, deputies said. They said he had been away Saturday morning when his girlfriend found the dead men after going to the house because she could not reach him, deputies said. He came back after being told what had happened, they said.

Thompson told WRAL News Saturday that he and the victims had grown up in Durham and were roommates.


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  • Seeminglyopposed Oct 21, 2008

    Okay, the girlfriend went to the house after she did not hear from her boyfriend. No cell phones? So she go over there and find the bodies, but soon after he is reached by phone I assume, is informed that his friends were found dead? This makes no sense, a case like the son killing his mother, going off claiming he was not there. More to this story............

  • pebbles262004 Oct 21, 2008

    Sounds fishy!!!!

  • kbo0801 Oct 20, 2008

    I do not know what happened but, this is not good.

  • SimpleGurlNC Oct 20, 2008

    Something missing and I bet it was the person that rented the home that killed them both. Just my opinion...