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Four arrested in connection with fatal Wilson shooting

Posted July 20, 2012 8:50 p.m. EDT
Updated July 23, 2012 12:41 p.m. EDT

— Wilson police confirmed on Friday that they have charged four men in connection with a November shooting that left two women dead. 

David Lee Applewhite, 19, of 1715 Birchwood Drive, and Emmanuel Duane Holden, 33, of 623 Benton St., face first-degree murder charges. They were being held without bond Friday in the Wilson County jail.

According to police, Appelwhite and Holden shot Shikia Denise Hall, 20, and Shadimond Littleton, 19, around 11:45 p.m. on Nov. 9 while the two women sat in Hall's car on Wilson Street. Investigators said the women were parked outside a friend's house.

Police also arrested two other men accused of helping Applewhite and Holden. 

Deshaun Rayelle Long, 20, of 1808 McLamb Circle, and Devon Shamark Crooms Jr., 26, of 904 Hood St., each face two counts of accessory before the fact of first-degree murder and one count of accessory after the fact of attempted first-degree murder. 

Long is in Wilson County jail under a $200,000 bond, while Crooms has a $1 million bond.

Police Chief Thomas Hopkins said investigators logged thousands of hours of work and conducted more than 100 interviews to crack the case.

"Citizen involvement has been remarkable, and as a result, credible tips were developed," Hopkins said in a statement. "These individuals are a serious threat to the community, and our citizen involvement contributed to a successful investigation and arrest of violent offenders."

Holden and Crooms have previous drug convictions, and Crooms has also been convicted of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, according to state Division of Adult Correction records.