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Inmate's Arrest Closes 1997 Cold-Case Murder in Durham

Posted April 26, 2007 7:17 p.m. EDT

— Durham police closed a 1997 murder Thursday with the arrest of a man who is serving time on drug charges for which they arrested him in 2001, the department announced.

Sheldon Oliver “Stone” Dupont, 31, was arrested at the state's Pasquotank Correctional Institute, a police spokeswoman said. he was returned to Durham for arraignment on charges that he murdered Derek Antonio Higgins , 20, in June 1997.

Police found Higgins lying in the street next to a car, shot in the side. The shooting stemmed from an ongoing, drug-related dispute, they said.

Detectives arrested Dupont after reviewing the cold-case file and re-interviewing witnesses, they said.