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Durham teen is sixth person charged in Wake County slaying

Posted August 10, 2011 10:36 p.m. EDT
Updated August 11, 2011 10:15 a.m. EDT

— The Wake County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Durham teen in connection with a fatal shooting outside a vacant house in northern Wake County last month.

Chris Alexander Reina, 16, of 2715 Highland Ave., is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He is the sixth person charged in the shooting death of Santiago Hernandez-Arredondo, 44, of Durham.

Miguel Antonio Meza-Rodriguez, 20, and Erik Alejandro Acosta, 18, who both share Reina's address, also face charges.

Meza-Rodriguez is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon last month. Acosta faces felony accessory after the fact charges.

It wasn't clear whether the three are related.

Three Durham family members – a son, stepfather and uncle – are also charged in the shooting.

Pedro Tur Fernandez, 18, of 109 Kilt Way Drive, is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Fernandez's stepfather, Tirso Mondragon-Cuevas, 43, of the same address, and uncle, Rene Mendoza Lopez, 30, of 1520 James St., are also charged with conspiracy to commit assault, plus accessory after the fact to murder.

Authorities say Fernandez shot Hernandez-Arredondo near 4501 Durham Road and N.C. Highway 98 around 8:30 a.m. on July 24. A passerby heard gunshots and found the body. Hernandez-Arredondo was rushed to WakeMed, where he was pronounced dead.