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Durham man wanted in fatal shooting surrenders

Posted January 28, 2019 10:35 a.m. EST
Updated January 28, 2019 4:51 p.m. EST

Frank Bernard Leathers Jr.

— A man wanted in a shooting death last week at a Durham motel surrendered to police Monday afternoon.

Officers responded to a reported shooting at HomeTowne Studios, at 5008 N.C. Highway 55, on Thursday morning and found Wallace Berry Hayes, 28, of Durham, dead inside a room there.

Frank Bernard Leathers Jr., 25, of Durham, is charged with murder in Hayes' death. Leathers also faces several charges unrelated to the homicide, police said.

The shooting marked Durham's sixth homicide of 2019.

Keith Antonio Watson, 29, of Durham, was shot in a domestic dispute on New Year's Day in the 4200 block of Larchmont Road.

Murilio Domingo, 24, and Bertin Mendoza, 26, were found shot to death in the 2000 block of House Avenue on New Year's Day.

Zhytila Wilkins, 20, and her 10-month-old daughter, Ruia Reams, were killed in their Suffolk Street home on Jan. 11. Ramir Reams, 22, who was Ruia's father, is charged with two counts of murder in the case.

Last year, 32 homicides were reported in Durham.