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One suspect surrenders in Benson slaying; another still at large

Posted June 3, 2015

Jermale Tavaris Williams, left, and Terry Lamont Williams

— One of two brothers wanted for a deadly shooting in Benson turned himself in to police Wednesday.

Benson police said Jermale Tavaris Williams, 29, surrendered to authorities in Wake County at about 4 p.m. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Richard O'Neal Longmire, 39, of Selma.

The slaying happened early Monday at a house at 325 W. Harnett St. in Benson. Officers responding to 911 calls arrived and found Longmire lying in the front yard with gunshot wounds to his head and abdomen, according to an incident report.

Relatives said Longmire often met the mother of his children at the house to exchange custody of their kids. Police were called to the house late Sunday over an altercation, and Longmire was shot hours later.

Police are still searching for Terry Lamont Williams, 33, of the 500 block of East Benson Street. He is charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. He is black, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 176 pounds. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Police said they do not believe the brothers had any direct relationship to Longmire.

Anyone with information should call detectives at 919-894-2091.


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