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Fifth person charged in Wake County slaying

Posted July 27, 2011 7:38 a.m. EDT
Updated July 27, 2011 12:12 p.m. EDT

— The Wake County Sheriff's Office has arrested a fifth person in connection with a fatal shooting outside a vacant house in northern Wake County on July 17.

Erik Alejandro Acosta, 18, of 2715 Highland Ave. in Durham, is charged with accessory after the fact, a felony.

Last week, deputies arrested a fourth person – Miguel Antonio Meza-Rodriguez, 20, 2715 Highland Ave. in Durham. He is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. 

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

Pedro Tur Fernandez, 18, of 109 Kilt Way Way Drive, is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in the shooting death of Santiago Hernandez-Arredondo, 44, of Durham.

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. Sunday. A passerby heard gunshots and found the body. Hernandez-Arredondo was rushed to WakeMed, where he was pronounced dead.