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Teen charged in Durham homicide

Posted August 27, 2014

Shawn Leroy Butler

— Police on Wednesday charged a 16-year-old in a fatal shooting in Durham two weeks ago.

Shawn Leroy Butler, of Durham, was arrested on Mine Valley Road in Raleigh by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Joint Fugitive Task Force and the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force, police said.

Butler was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Shots were fired into a home in the 600 block of Lee Street on Aug. 10, killing 18-year-old Rakwon Smith, police said.

Investigators said Butler and Smith are acquaintances, and the shooting doesn't appear to have been random.


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  • ohbumr Aug 28, 2014

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    don't judge without facts in this case, but it's ok in the case of Michael brown?

  • mike275132 Aug 28, 2014

    His Parents must be so proud....

  • Bill of Rights Aug 28, 2014

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    He is indeed innocent until proven guilty, but I'm not sure I'd say that there was a lot of "restraint" demonstrated here. If he had so much self-control, what was he doing shooting a handgun into a home?

  • Forthe Newssite Aug 28, 2014
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    NEVER gonna happen. Hasn't happened yet and it's just getting worse, so I wouldn't hold my breath.

    You would think that some would learn but then these are never the brightest bulbs now are they?

  • findoutthefacts Aug 28, 2014

    why would this girl do this?

  • raleighboy524 Aug 28, 2014

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    "Not all young black males are out ot kill for no reason."

    I hope no young black males, or anyone else, are out to kill for ANY reason. Having a reason is no excuse for killing another human being.

  • ptrrrk1 Aug 28, 2014

    Wow, third black youth charged with murder in NC today…. Where and when is the next protest…...

  • same ole story Aug 28, 2014

    Question of the day: What do all these people charged with MURDER in the news have in common???? A shiny new silver dollar for the first one to get it right!!

  • Richard Hertz Aug 28, 2014
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    He must not have been to mature to have done something as stupid as this. One more young black mans life over before it got started. Then again maybe it was over for him when he was born.

  • Bullcity34 Aug 28, 2014

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    Says you who probably sides with Michael Brown without knowing the facts. Can't be hypocritical when it's the other way around. Doesn't feel good huh