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Man charged with murder for death of person found in burnt Raleigh home

Posted April 9, 2015

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— A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with a fatal house fire, according to Raleigh police.

Curtis Levon Jackson was charged Thursday. He was being held in the Wake County Detention Center on an unrelated charge at the time the murder warrant was obtained, according to police.

Curtis Lamont Mitchell, 32, of Raleigh, was found dead inside a home at 2801 Poole Road on April 1 after firefighters extinguished a blaze, investigators said.

Mitchell was last seen alive on the 1900 block of Poole Road approximately 5-6 hours before the fire was reported, police said. According to his mother, Mitchell had a learning disability, never completed high school and suffered from bipolar disorder.

“I think somebody just played on his intelligence and used him and took advantage of him,” said his cousin, David Holden. “Curtis was a real nice, kind guy – loving guy, quiet observer. He didn’t bother nobody.”

Curtis Mitchell had a criminal record dating to 2000, including several convictions for breaking and entering and larceny. Since 2007, however, he mainly faced trespassing charges and other misdemeanors.

“He didn’t have to be treated that way,” his mother, Angela Mitchell, said. “They robbed my son, they killed my son and they burned my son up. I can’t see his body.”

Police have not said how Mitchell died, only that his death is a homicide. The investigation is ongoing.

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