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Shooting victim had been released from federal custody

Posted November 10, 2008 5:09 p.m. EST

— The half-brother of UNC murder suspect Demario James Atwater had recently been released from federal custody, federal prison records show.

Shelton Henderson Jr., was held 24 days on a contempt charge related to him being required to testify before a federal grand jury in Atwater's case, sources tell WRAL News.

He was released Oct. 30.

Henderson, 19, was one of two men killed over the weekend in a Durham shooting. Authorities said the shooting resulted from a fight at a party.

Deamonte Tavaris Brooks, 19, and Dylan Shaquan Turner, 17, were charged in connection with the shootings.

Brooks faces two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Turner faces a charge of possession of a firearm by a minor, police said.

Atwater, 22, was indicted last month on a federal charge of carjacking resulting in death in connection with the March 5 shooting death of Eve Carson, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He and a second suspect were charged earlier this year with first-degree murder and a number of charges related to the crime.