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4 Charged With Killing Woman During Home Invasion

Posted April 24, 2008 3:30 p.m. EDT
Updated April 25, 2008 5:58 a.m. EDT

— Four suspects have been charged with the murder of a 25-year-old Raleigh woman during a home invasion last August.

Lenair Bene Omar Moses, 25; Jaquan Tryon Dumas, 19; Timothy Tyrone Horton, 26; and 20-year-old Brandon Michael Jones were charged with murder in the death of Charmeka Cheymeir Harris, 25, on Aug. 18, 2007.

The suspects were expected to be in court Friday afternoon.

Moses, was taken into custody Thursday by the Raleigh Police Department’s Fugitive Task Force. The arrest was made at the intersection of Poole Road and Lord Anson Drive.

Dumas was already being held in the Wake County Jail on unrelated charges. He has since been re-arrested for Harris' murder.

Federal authorities had custody of Horton and Jones and turned them over to a Wake County magistrate Thursday.

Investigators said masked gunmen stormed into an apartment at 4105 Spring Forest Road on Aug. 18. The gunmen shot Harris in the stomach, and she died of her wounds at WakeMed.

The gunmen also took money and jewelry from the apartment, which was occupied by 10 people, including five children, at the time.

Search warrants showed that investigators took cocaine and a shotgun shell from the apartment. Harris’ family said they will rest easier knowing that suspects are behind bars for the crime.

Harris’ sister, Nikeya Miller, said it has been hard since her sister was killed. Miller said she'd just left the apartment to go to the store when she got the call that her sister had been shot.

“My mind went blank. I don’t remember nothing. I don’t remember nothing that happened that night,” Miller said.

Police said they believe the crime was not committed at random.

Dumas, Horton and Jones were arrested after a joint investigation by Raleigh police and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina assisted.

Raleigh police elements included the Major Crimes Task Force, the Career Criminal Unit and the Gang Suppression Unit. Police said the investigation into Harris' killing was continuing.

“Arrests mark not the end of a case, but the beginning of another phase of the investigation, and I think that will prove to be true here,” said Raleigh police Spokesman Jim Sughrue.

Miller said the arrests give her a sense of relief since she still lives in the apartment where her sister was shot.

“This is justice. This is justice and even more they get what they deserve,” Miller said.