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Durham Man Charged With Murder

Posted July 5, 2004 11:49 a.m. EDT

— Durham police investigators arrested 24-year-old Charles Earl Jones, of Shaftsbury Street, Friday morning and charged him with murder in the death of Robert Owens last month.

Owens, 26, of Sedgefield Street, was found shot to death behind a house at 1016 Berkeley Street June 27.

Investigators charged Jones with murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill (for firing shots at two other men who were not wounded) and one count of shooting into occupied property (a house).

Jones, who is a validated gang member, was placed in Durham County Jail without bond.

Investigators also referred the case to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for possible federal-weapons charges because Jones is a convicted felon who was in possession of a firearm.

Owens also had been shot on June 25, suffering a minor gunshot wound to his arm in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of West Knox and Berkeley streets. A second man -- Tyrone Nelson, 26, of Broad Street -- suffered a bullet graze wound to his lower back in that incident.

Officers also responded to a "disturbance, shots fired" call in the 1000 block of Berkeley Street at 11:32 p.m. June 26. Police believe all three incidents are related.

No charges have been filed in the drive-by shooting. Investigators expect to make more arrests in connection with the homicide.

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