Suspect Arrested in Durham Man's Slaying
A suspect in the slaying of a 89-year-old Bragtown man turned himself in on Monday evening, Durham County Sheriff Worth L. Hill announced.Posted — Updated
Last Friday, the sheriff's office swore out warrants against Tory Jarel Nelson, 18, of 5121 Stanley Road, in the stabbing death of Charles Forest Davis. Davis was found dead in his home at 2913 Nellowood St. on Sept. 26.
Nelson surrendered to Barry Jones, of Barry Bail Bonds Inc., at 6 p.m. Monday. He was then taken to the Durham County magistrate's office, where detectives met him.
Nelson is charged with first-degree murder, breaking and entering larceny and larceny of a motor vehicle.
Authorities said other arrests in the case were pending.
Detectives said Nelson had been a focus of the investigation from the start, but they did not release a picture of him and call him a person of interest until two weeks ago. They officially named him a suspect and began actively searching for him after getting the warrants.
A day after Davis's body was found, a deputy spotted his car and gave chase, but the people inside jumped out, ran and escaped. A confidential informant told investigators that Nelson was driving the stolen car, authorities said.
Davis served as a deacon at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a member for more than 50 years.