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Teens Charged In Henderson Man's Death

Posted June 10, 2006 12:10 p.m. EDT

— Two teenagers were arrested Friday night in the shooting death of a Henderson man.

Authorities said Henderson residents Earl Harris and DeLawrence Brooks, both 16, were charged with first-degree murder and felony larceny. Police allege that the two teens shot James Ross, 60, last Sunday and stole his car.

Officers found Ross lying in his yard on Ramsey Street early Sunday morning, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. An ambulance took him to Maria Parham Medical Center, where he died soon thereafter.

The victim's car was taken from the residence and was later found abandoned several blocks away. Authorities said a .270-caliber rifle was recovered at the scene of the shooting and is believed to be the weapon used.

According to police, evidence indicates the shooting followed a dispute with Ross, who was familiar with at least one of the suspects. Both Harris and Brooks are being held at the Vance County Jail without bond. Their first court appearances are scheduled for next week.