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Durham man charged with murder in roommate's death

Posted January 27, 2015

Brian Lamont Davis

— Investigators have charged the roommate of a man found dead in his Durham home last week with murder, police said Tuesday.

Brian Lamont Davis, 40, was arrested in Columbia, S.C., in connection with the death of Charles Hinnant, 63, whose body was found Jan. 19.

Davis also faces charges of felony larceny, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen goods.

Police have not provided a motive for the crime, but according to a search warrant affidavit filed last week, Hinnant's mother reported him missing Jan. 18, after she went to his home, at 3082-D Colony Road.

According to the warrant, Davis told Hinnant's mother that he was not home. When she returned the next day, Davis and Hinnant's 2001 Toyota Corolla were missing.

Police found no signs of forced entry, and when they went inside, Hinnant was dead in the kitchen with a wound to his head.

Authorities, however, have not said how he died.

It wasn't clear Tuesday afternoon when Davis would be returned to North Carolina.


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  • Stud and Jack getting hammered Jan 28, 2015

    Shocking, I say shocking that yet another esteem member of the black community commits a vicious crime. And the only noise coming from the not so esteemed reverends is crickets chirping.

  • quickemeline Jan 28, 2015

    Good job!!! Keep working to get the bad guys

  • eyeoneastsky Jan 28, 2015

    Who in the world is moderating this site? The comments here are awful and cruel. I am surprised they are allowed. They seem to be breaking all of the posting guidelines. I hope this situation can be rectified.

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Jan 28, 2015

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    Those are nice too ;)

  • diana123 Jan 28, 2015

    nighty night

  • findoutthefacts Jan 28, 2015

    wonder if these two were doin' it?

  • Naysayer Jan 28, 2015

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    I recognize that you can feel the pain of a lover's triangle. However, this does not justify what happened in this case. Hopefully justice will be served.

  • John Ragan Jan 28, 2015
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    I don't fear black helicopters...people that think they are that might be another thing. I like quad copters that can make it to the White House front steps those are my favorites

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Jan 28, 2015

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    To counteract your pot stirring. BTW, don’t worry…the black helicopters are not real no matter what your crackpot blogs tell you to fear.

  • John Ragan Jan 28, 2015
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    Why would a black helicopter be circling this story and feel compelled to get involved?