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Fourth suspect arrested in fatal Halifax home invasion

Posted July 13, 2011 10:39 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2011 11:03 a.m. EDT

— Authorities have arrested the last of four people accused in a Halifax County home invasion in which their suspected 17-year-old accomplice was killed, the Halifax County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.

A resident fired at five people trying to break into a home in the 1400 block of N.C. Highway 481 in Enfield early June 25, Detective J. Puhak said. The 17-year-old, whose name was withheld, was killed.

Investigators issued arrest warrants charging Marcus Manquell Bell, 26, of Rocky Mount, Diamante Harrell, 19 of Raleigh, Jasmine Deshaunda Graham, 20, of Battleboro, and Martaveon Kewanty Lynch, 17, of Battleboro, with first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery, discharging a weapon into occupied property and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Graham, Harrell and Lynch were apprehended within three days of the home invasion. Bell was arrested Sunday by Rocky Mount police, who helped track him down, Puhak said.

All four suspects are scheduled to appear in court Sept. 21.

Authorities said the 17-year-old who was killed was on a weekend pass from the Edgecombe Development Center, which is run by the state Department of Juvenile Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention and offers courses to help youth in custody re-enter their communities.

His grandmother called authorities when he didn't come home and later identified his body, authorities said.