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Slaying suspect charged in robbery 20 minutes after killing

Posted November 13, 2008

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— An 18-year-old man charged in the shooting of four people at a party last weekend has been accused by Durham police of robbing and assaulting a man less than a half-hour later.

Officers have charged Deamonte Tavaris Brooks, of Stone Lick Drive, with killing Nathan Elmore, 17, of Creedmoor, and injuring Christopher Hunter, 16, of Creedmoor, and James Downey, 21, of Durham, during a party at an apartment at 906 Glendale Ave. around 11:20 p.m. last Saturday.

Around 11:40 p.m., investigators charged, Brooks and another man approached a 38-year-old man in the 1200 block of Mangum Street. One man pointed a gun at the victim's face and demanded money.

The victim handed over his wallet, but it didn't have any money in it, so Brooks struck the victim on the head with the gun, officers said. The victim sustained a cut on his head.

The scenes of the robbery and the shooting were less than a mile apart.

In the robbery, Brooks has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault inflicting serious injury.

He also faces murder charges in Elmore's death and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicting serious injury for the injuries suffered by Downey and Hunter.

No one has been charged in the death of a fourth man, Shelton Henderson Jr., 19, of Durham, at the party. Henderson was the half-brother of Demario Atwater, a suspect in the slaying of Eve Carson, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior and student body president.

Dylan Shaquan Turner, 17, was charged with possession of a firearm by a minor after the party.

Police said the investigation into all the crimes was ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Soucie at 919-560-4440 ext. 274, Sgt. Cates at 919-560-4440 ext 262 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • Dr. Dataclerk Nov 14, 2008

    I guess you can have it both ways right?

    Of course I can! What is wrong with that? Are you jealous?

  • ContinuityMan Nov 14, 2008

    Well said, Dr. Dataclerk! All the social programs and draconian punishments in the world aren't going to work when there is no character-building going on in the home. If parents don't set an example of personal accountability and self-respect, their children will easily fall into drugs and crime.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Nov 14, 2008

    I guess you can have it both ways right? Well whatever you are doing politically seems to be working....NOT
    ifcdirector

    Whatever!!! What is your exact point you are trying to make?

  • ifcdirector Nov 14, 2008

    "This is a problem but the parents continue to bring children in this old world knowing they do not have the means to take care of these children. Continue to pray."

    This from a man who weeks ago was calling for the election of the very liberals who created the environment of irresponsibility and poverty that result in crime. I guess you can have it both ways right? Well whatever you are doing politically seems to be working....NOT

  • Dr. Dataclerk Nov 14, 2008

    The death penalty serves two purposes, it deters and eliminates repeat offenders.
    Dalefan

    No it does not. The killing continues regardless that someone is sitting on death row or just life in prison. There are some parents that need to raise their children in the right manner so they won't ever see the inside of a jail or prison. But when the parents are doing illegal drugs, drinking alcohol, living with partners - unmarried, partying all the time, irresponsible with their children, not working/depending on the public assistance for housing, food - etc.; then can you see why many of these children or already in a bad situation. These parents do not know how to set a good example for their children. They probably don't attend church with their children. They don't see that their children are in school every day. This is a problem but the parents continue to bring children in this old world knowing they do not have the means to take care of these children. Continue to pray.

  • workingforthosethatwont Nov 13, 2008

    The death penalty serves two purposes, it deters and eliminates repeat offenders.