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Fourth suspect in Spring Lake man's death surrenders

Posted October 31, 2018 3:58 p.m. EDT
Updated October 31, 2018 7:27 p.m. EDT

— Harnett County authorities said a fourth suspect in the shooting death of a Spring Lake man a week ago surrendered to deputies Wednesday evening.

James Lafrance Joyner, 29, of Spring Lake, is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Desmond Lima’s Dowdy.

James Joyner, Spring Lake homicide

Deputies responded to a reported fight in the 300 block of Palomino Lane early last Wednesday. A 911 call also reported a person in the backyard of a home in the 100 block of Palomino Lane needing an ambulance.

Dowdy, 23, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, where he died of a gunshot wound.

Marque Latray Smith and Brandy Marie America

Marque Latray Smith, 24, of Fayetteville, and Toby Mitchell McDuffie Jr., 32, of Spring Lake, were arrested last week and charged with first-degree murder.

Brandy Marie America, 22, of Spring Lake, who was Dowdy's girlfriend, was charged as being an accessory after the fact of murder.

Toby McDuffie Jr., Harnett homicide

All three also were charged with conspiracy to commit murder.