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Second Arrest Made in Deacon's Slaying

Posted February 11, 2008 4:50 p.m. EST

— A second teen has been arrested in the slaying of an 89-year-old Bragtown man last fall, and a third arrest is pending, authorities said Monday.

Stefon Rashad Hinton, 16, was charged with first-degree murder, larceny of a motor vehicle and breaking and entering and larceny, Durham County Sheriff Worth Hill said.

The arrest came almost three months after Tory Jarel Nelson, 18, of 5121 Stanley Road, was arrested on the same charges.

Charles Forest Davis was found stabbed to death in his home at 2913 Nellowood St. on Sept. 26. Investigators said his home had been ransacked.

Authorities said previously that Davis' death might be linked to a series of break-ins in the Bragtown neighborhood. In 10 days surrounding the killing, police investigated at least eight break-ins in the area.

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.

Capt. Paul Martin, of the Durham County Sheriff's Office, said the suspects in the case bragged about the crime to other teens in north Durham.

Davis served as a deacon at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a member for more than 50 years.