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Suspect Arrested in One of Six Raleigh Slayings

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RALEIGH — Raleigh police have arrested a man who issuspected of killing one of the six black females whose bodies were foundlast year in that city.

Leman Evans, 60, of 212 Hill Street, was arrested Wednesday and chargedwith first-degree murder in connection with the Jan. 17, 1996 death ofDewanna Burt. Burt, 36, was found with a gunshot wound to the head in aparking lot on Poole Road.

Raleigh Police Major Otis Hinton said Evans has been a suspect for acouple of months, and police finally gathered enough evidence to get awarrant for his arrest.

Hinton would not say if Evans knew the victim, nor would he reveal anyinformation about other evidence that led to Wednesday's arrest. He wouldnot say if Evans was a suspect in any of the other six similar deaths.

The arrest, according to Hinton, is the result of an ongoing jointinvestigation that includes input from city, state and federal lawenforcement agencies. He said investigations into the other deaths arecontinuing.

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