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Three 'armed and dangerous' men sought in Rocky Mount murder

Posted September 12, 2008 10:04 a.m. EDT
Updated September 12, 2008 1:32 p.m. EDT

— Three men sought by police in the homicide of a 34-year-old man are also wanted on a slew of unrelated charges, including robbery and assault.

Rocky Mount police officers responded to reports of a shooting at 121 Photinia Court around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Inside apartment A, they found the body of Shawan Sherrod Jones, 34.

The motive in the shooting remains under investigation.

Akeem Tyrell Davis, 18, has been charged with first-degree murder in Jones' death. Davis is also wanted on unrelated charges, including one count of attempted first-degree murder and two of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Police have named two persons of interest in the case: Marcus Datonio Barnes, 28, and Ozay Montea Richardson, 29.

Barnes has outstanding warrants for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, injury to real property and three traffic violations.

Richardson is also wanted for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Police warned that Davis, Barnes and Richardson should all be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about the men's whereabouts should immediately call the police at252-972-1411, Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or Capt. Martin McCoy at 252-972-1485. Police expressed appreciation to members of the public that have already assisted with the investigation.

Davis has been placed on probation three times in less than a year, most recently in April 2008, according to state Department of Correction records. He has been convicted twice of simple assault and once of resisting for a public officer.

Richardson has been on parole since his release from prison in February. In August 2004, he was convicted of conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon on Dec. 21, 2003.

Barnes is a registered sex offender whose criminal record dates to 1997, according to DOC records. He most recently served 18 months for conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon on Dec. 21, 2003.

Barnes has also been convicted of taking indecent liberties with a minor, assault on a female and driving while impaired.