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Suspect Arrested in One of Six Raleigh Slayings

Posted January 8, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Raleigh police have arrested a man who is suspected of killing one of the six black females whose bodies were found last year in that city.

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

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

Hinton would not say if Evans knew the victim, nor would he reveal any information about other evidence that led to Wednesday's arrest. He would not 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 joint investigation that includes input from city, state and federal law enforcement agencies. He said investigations into the other deaths are continuing.

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