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Third Man Charged in Deadly Highway Shooting

Posted July 13, 2007

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— Fayetteville detectives have charged a third suspect in the shooting death of a teenager.

Akeem Braithwaite, of Raeford, surrendered to authorities Thursday and was charged with first-degree murder for the death of 18-year-old Jourdhan Phillips.

Investigators said Phillips was killed May 6 after a gunman shot into the car he was riding in from another car.

Two other men have been charged in connection with the crime. Keonte Purcell of Raeford was arrested in late May. He is also charged with first-degree murder.

Terrance McLaughlin was arrested May 16 and charged with accessory after the fact.

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  • Ming033 Jul 14, 2007

    Suspect Identified In Jourdhan Phillips Homicide
    Detectives have issued warrants for 20-year-old Terrance McLaughlin for Accessory After the Fact regarding the homicide of Jourdhan Phillips.


    McLaughlin is currently in Fort Erwin, California where he is stationed in the military. He will be extradited to Fayetteville in the coming weeks. His local address is listed as 626 Alex Baker Road, Raeford.


    Phillips, 18 years old, was shot in the chest on May 6th while riding in a vehicle on Morganton Road. He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he later died.


    Detectives continue their investigation.


    A photo of McLaughlin is not available.

  • Ming033 Jul 14, 2007

    Second Suspect Charged In Jourdhan Phillips Homicide

    Detectives have charged 17-year-old Keonte Devon Purcell of Raeford in the May 6th death of Jourdhan Phillips.


    Purcell has been charged with First Degree Murder, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, Discharging a Weapon into Occupied Property and Attempted First Degree Murder.


    Purcell was located and arrested Thursday, May 24th in Hoke County. His address is listed as 233 Malloy Street, Raeford.


    Detectives also charged 20-year-old Terrance McLaughlin on May 16th for Accessory After the Fact regarding the homicide.


    Phillips, 18 years old, was shot in the chest while riding in a vehicle on Morganton Road. He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he later died.

  • Ming033 Jul 14, 2007

    Third Suspect Arrested in Phillips Homicide
    Detectives have charged a third suspect in the shooting death of Jourdhan Phillips.


    On Tuesday, warrants were issued for Akeem Braithwaite for First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder, Discharging a Weapon into Occupied Property and Felony Conspiracy.


    Braithwaite, 27 years old of 314 Hawthome Drive, Raeford turned himself in to officers Thursday at the Fayetteville Police Department, 467 Hay Street.


    Phillips, 18 years old, was shot in the chest on May 6th while riding in a vehicle on Morganton Road. He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he later died.

  • Ming033 Jul 14, 2007

    Rufus Williams, what would you prefer us to call them? This has nothing to do with rap music or any other type of music. Why does a 16 yr old have a concealed weapon charge already? This is public knowledge and can be found at the cumberland county court house. Can you please tell me also why in the state of North Carolina you can get a charge for carrying a conceal weapon get and attorney and you might get probation? In New York it can get you 6 yrs, there is no good intentions coming out of carrying that weapon. By the way this is Jourdhans' mother and I feel that they are nothing more than murders and thieves , they stole a life and ruined mine. Now we must hold them accountable.

  • nmorton79 Jul 13, 2007

    "How many times will we have to see things like this before it's no longer "cool" I still think gangsta rap creates these idiots."

    That is not a fair thing for any one to say. It's all about the choices that YOU make in your life. Mu husband's favorite music to listen to is gangster rap. That does not mean he is a wanna be thug or that he doing anything criminal. He is an upstanding citizen who has never been arrested or even been on the inside of a courtroom. The only reason he has ever been to a jail is because he works in one. So, to me, saying that gangster rap crates thugs is the same as saying that heavy metal creates devil worshiper. It's not right and it just is not fair.

  • WRALSUCKS Jul 13, 2007

    "From a legal perspective it seems disrespectful to charge 2 thugs with murder when there is only one corpse"

    Disrespectful?

    Heavens, we must be careful not to insult murder suspects!

  • Rufus Williams Jul 13, 2007

    From a legal perspective it seems disrespectful to charge 2 thugs with murder when there is only one corpse.

  • Tonedout Jul 13, 2007

    Mike Hunt why do you even make comments on this site

  • Jake Wildstar Jul 13, 2007

    How many times will we have to see things like this before it's no longer "cool" I still think gangsta rap creates these idiots.

  • 39 going on 25 Jul 13, 2007

    Curious to see the pics....fur coat or no fur coat. LOL..

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