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Misunderstanding Might Have Led to Double Murder

Posted May 25, 2007 8:02 a.m. EDT
Updated May 25, 2007 7:00 p.m. EDT

— Family members of one of two victims of a double homicide early Friday say a misunderstanding might have led to the crime.

At about 12:50 a.m., police responded to a shooting call at 1261 Americal Road, Lot 84 in the Knoll Terrace Mobile Home Park near U.S. Highway 1, where they found three people lying in the yard.

Two of the victims were shot, and the third victim apparently received injuries from blunt force trauma to the head, police said.

Police have identified the deceased as Jamie Lee Crute, 33, and George Davis, 56, both of Henderson. Davis lived at the residence where the crime occurred, investigators said.

The surviving victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Maria Parham Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was listed in fair condition Friday evening.

Police were still investigating the case Friday, but Davis' stepdaughter, Lakeysha Richardson, told WRAL they were the result of a misunderstanding but that it was too complicated to elaborate but that her 13-year-old son had been there at the time.

"It was like a confrontation, a big confrontation," she said. "(Crute) had the gun pointed to my son … and my stepfather gave his life for my son's."

Crute was hit in the head, authorities said, and have not confirmed how he was involved in the shooting.

Lizzie Alston, a neighbor who lives across the street, said she was awaken by a number of gun shots and said she saw people running from the scene.