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Man acquitted of murder arrested on firearms charge

Posted April 24, 2009

— A 17-year-old who was found not guilty in the slaying of a Raleigh deacon faces new charges.

Latrell Cyrell Latham was arrested Friday morning on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was in the Wake County jail under a $250,000 secured bond.

Latrell Latham 17-year-old faces new charge after murder acquittal

In February, a Wake County jury found Latham not guilty of murder in connection with the Oct. 23, 2007, shooting death of Richard Gus Brown.

Brown, 74, had returned from a church meeting and was checking his mail outside his Wallingford Drive apartment when he was shot, Raleigh police said.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said police received information about a month ago that Latham, a known gang member, was in possession of a handgun. Detectives followed up and through "diligent work," they were able to obtain a warrant for his arrest.

Latham was in jail on an armed robbery charge when he was charged in November 2007 with Brown's death. While awaiting trial in Brown's case, he pleaded guilty to the robbery charge and served his sentence.

Since his acquittal, Latham has been arrested twice on charges of second-degree trespassing and possession of marijuana.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Howard Cummings, who prosecuted Latham on the murder charge, said Friday he was not surprised by the recent arrest.

"He continued to participate in the activities with the same group of people he had been with before-engaging in those activities," Cummings said. "I felt like it was only going to be a matter of time."

Latham, who had the gang nickname "Murder," claimed to be with friends at the time Brown was shot. Cummings had argued during trial that investigators found his palm print and fingerprints at the crime scene.

"I felt like he was responsible for the murder," he said Friday. "The problem is the state's witnesses were apparently not credible."


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  • james27613 Apr 24, 2009

    Lets put more anti gun laws on the books so
    these convicts ignore the ones we already have.

  • flipper59 Apr 24, 2009

    The problem is the defense attorneys are smarter on average than the DA staff

  • bomanicous Apr 24, 2009

    Some of these sleazebag lawyers have learned how to win cases just by excelling in jury selection (i.e. OJ Simpson).

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 24, 2009

    Any chance of him being tried for some kind of a "Three Strikes" law? Something that would bump his sentence up to something like, say, eternity?

  • nufsaid Apr 24, 2009

    "I'm sure a gun control advocate will step forward to take care of this problem, they are so brave and stuff.


  • I like everybody Apr 24, 2009

    What kind of sentence could his current charge carry?

  • wefour7 Apr 24, 2009

    Is anyone surprised?

  • Just the facts mam Apr 24, 2009

    Apparently he did not learn anything from before - probably never will... At the time when he was acquited I wrote we will get him next time - hopefully he will not kill anyone this time, but can still be locked up for life where he cannot hurt more innocent people.

  • Xiaoding Apr 24, 2009

    I'm sure a gun control advocate will step forward to take care of this problem, they are so brave and stuff.

  • The Fox Apr 24, 2009

    There seems to be a non-stop stream of these jokers.