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Three more charged in Durham kidnapping, shooting

Posted August 27, 2015

— Three more suspects have been charged in the Monday night kidnapping and shooting of two teens in Durham, bring the total number of people charged in the case to five, according to the the Durham County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies on Thursday said they have arrested the following:

  • Brittany Sharnell Lassiter, 22, of 5903 Ludgate Drive in Durham, is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and felony conspiracy.
  • Jesus Arce, 24, address unavailable, is charged with first-degree kidnapping and felony conspiracy.
  • Dominique Faulkner, 19, address unavailable, is charged with two counts of felony conspiracy and felony probation violation.

Previously arrested were:

  • Quashaun Niajel Slade, 23, of 2507 E. Main St. in Durham, is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
  • Alezia Clay, 19, of 3507 Thornwood Drive, is charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping and two counts of felony conspiracy.

All five are accused in the kidnapping 19-year-old Dymond Fowler and her best friend, 17-year-old Alexis Patterson, on Monday night. The girls were shot multiple times and left in a ditch by Glenn Road. Patterson survived by playing dead, but Fowler died.

A Durham County courtroom was packed with family members Thursday who came for the first court appearance of Slade, Lassiter and Clay.

Assistant District Attorney Jim Dornfried on Thursday confirmed that the kidnappers demanded ransom money between $15,000 to $20,000.

"Two young ladies were kidnapped from a hotel. There was a call in reference for a ransom, and then shortly thereafter they were shot," he said.

Lassiter’s grandmother said in court that her granddaughter is not guilty of the crime.

“I don’t think she was there. I think Brittany is in a set-up,” Rachel Jones said. “Brittany would never engage in something like this. I know she’s innocent.”

Arce was in the courtroom to show his support for the three suspects. He was arrested when he left.

No bond was set for Slade and Lassiter while the state decides whether the case will be tried as a capital murder case. A $1 million bond was set for Clay, who is a student at Shaw University.


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  • Belle Boyd Aug 27, 2015
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    Everyone should go watch a woman's video about the BLM crowd. See goes off on them. I think she was from Chicago or Balitmore (can't remember), but she was condemning the BLM people because they stood up for a criminal that shot by a cop instead of a little girl (8 yr old) who was shot when doing her homework on her mother's bed (drive-by).

  • Ray Lee Smythe Aug 27, 2015
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    Where are the Black Lives Matter crowd now? Where are you Barber? Your people are killing each other in the streets. Stop the violence and the madness!

  • Johan Summer Aug 27, 2015
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    meant to say..... "Brittany's Grandma said on TV that her granddaughter (not grandmother)...."

  • Johan Summer Aug 27, 2015
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    Brittany's Grandma said on TV that her grandmother would never do something like this. Hate to disappoint you lady, but looks like your granddaughter got mixed up with the wrong crowd, and committed a terrible crime.
    #ALL lives matter.

  • Alex Stephens Aug 27, 2015
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    Can someone please tell us what was going on here? I don't get it & think it is terrible these girls were shot & 1 killed.