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Two arrested, one sought in Benson man's shooting death

Posted January 21, 2011

— Two people have been arrested and investigators are looking for a third in the Thursday shooting death of a Benson man.

James Alexander Graham, 27, is wanted on one count of first-degree murder in the death of Montay Lashawn Murphy, 20, whom Benson police found shot at Coats Circle Apartments near North Honeycutt Street around 9:20 p.m.

Police said Murphy had been shot three times in the torso. He was pronounced dead at Johnston Memorial Hospital.

Investigators did not release a motive for the shooting or further details about the case.

Graham, who also faces two counts each of attempted first-degree murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling, is considered armed and dangerous, authorities said.

He is described as a black man standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. He has a facial scar, tattoos on his left arm of the letters “JROC” and “MOB,” a tattoo of a cross on his left hand, a tattoo “JAMES” on his right arm and “ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE” tattooed on his right shoulder.

Anyone with information about the shooting or where Graham might be is asked to contact the Benson Police Department at 919-894-2091 or call 911.

Leslie Dyan Baker, 21, of Smithfield, and Quentine Mondarus Morrisey, 22, of Four Oaks, were also arrested in the case.

Both were in the Johnston County Jail Friday under a $500,000 bond on one count of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, two counts of accessory after the fact to attempted first-degree murder and two counts of accessory after the fact to shooting into an occupied dwelling.


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  • jessiejess1987 Jan 25, 2011

    Actually i know the girl and she wouldnt do anything like that. she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time!If it was gang related she deffinitely wasnt involved because she's not in a gang and never has been,i would bot be friends with her if she had.Ive not talked to her since she's been arrested so i dont knw her side,but im hopeing to get a letter from her soon!I hope that these guys do the right thing and let it be knwn that she didnt have anything to do with this.

  • NoObamaCare Jan 21, 2011

    Obviously gang related with the tattoos on this guy. MOB- Money Over "a name for a female dog".

  • mj1angier Jan 21, 2011

    “ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE” tattooed
    Not if he shows up at my door!!

  • wildcat Jan 21, 2011

    Good and may the courts send them to prison for a life with not parole. The same for the third party when caught.