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Warrants: Suspects offered details in Raleigh hotel shooting death

Posted February 15, 2012

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— Two men charged in a shooting death at a north Raleigh hotel last month told investigators about the crime, including where a gun and clothing were discarded after the crime, according to recently released search warrants.

Officers responded to the Studio Plus hotel, at 921 Wake Towne Drive, on the morning of Jan. 26 after the body of Stephen Curtis Hoyle, 24, was found by hotel staff.

A fired shell casing was lying on the hotel room floor when police arrived, warrants state.

Investigators zeroed in on a suspect, Noureddine Oumous, 21, of 1011 Gilby Road in Apex, who admitted to participating in the crime, warrants state. Oumous told investigators that William Michael Estes, 25, of 6304-C Linville Drive in Raleigh, was also involved.

Warrants state that William Estes admitted to throwing the gun used in the shooting into the land surrounding his apartment building and throwing away his clothes in a trash bin outside.

Authorities seized a cellphone, a spent projectile, a 9mm Luger shell casing, a live 9mm Luger round, car keys, cigarettes and cigarettes butts, a lighter, a video game controller and various items of clothing from the hotel room, which was reserved in Estes' name.

Oumous and Estes were both charged with murder. Estes' brother, Charles Estes, faces an accessory after the fact charge.

Investigators have not offered a possible motive for the crime, and it wasn't clear how or if the suspects and victim knew each other.

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  • turbo08 Feb 15, 2012

    marinewife: Yes, I like your lesson better.

  • technetium9 Feb 15, 2012

    Protip: if you kill someone don't tell LEO ANYTHING, these neuron deficient youths gave up all the evidence LEO needs to put them away for life. ANY good lawyer will tell you this.

  • muggs Feb 15, 2012

    I'm sure by the time they go to trial there will be some reason that makes sense to someone why they did what they did,and we need to see that they are not racially mistreated since now days if you are of color that promotes the possibility of an unfair trial.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Feb 15, 2012

    Dumb weaklings with a gun. A terrible combination.

  • marinewife101 Feb 15, 2012

    How about LESSON NUMBER ONE: DON'T KILL SOMEONE PERIOD!!!!!

  • dwntwnboy Feb 15, 2012

    Lesson one- Don't kill someone in a hotel room when that hotel is in YOUR name!!!