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Bond Denied for Suspect in Deacon's Slaying

Posted November 20, 2007 1:01 p.m. EST
Updated November 20, 2007 1:16 p.m. EST

— The suspect in the slaying of an 89-year-old Bragtown man was denied bond Tuesday, a day after he surrendered to authorities.

Tory Jarel Nelson, 18, of 5121 Stanley Road, sat motionless in an orange jumpsuit during the 2.5-minute proceeding.

Once the judge ruled, he turned toward supporters and blew a kiss before being led back to jail.

He will remain in the Durham County Jail until at least Dec. 11, when he is scheduled to return to court.

Nelson faces charges of first-degree murder, breaking and entering larceny and larceny of a motor vehicle in the death of Charles Forest Davis, who was found dead in his home Sept. 26.

Detectives said Nelson had been a focus of the investigation from the start, but he was not named a suspect until Friday.

On Sept. 28, investigators searched Nelson's house and seized a pair of jeans, but the search produced no arrests.

Investigators said that Davis, a deacon at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, was stabbed to death, and his home had been ransacked.

Authorities said other arrests in the case were pending.