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Four charged in Raleigh beating death

Posted July 19, 2010 11:50 a.m. EDT
Updated July 20, 2010 11:05 a.m. EDT

— Raleigh police arrested four men Monday in connection with the early-morning beating death of a Knightdale man at an apartment complex off Capital Boulevard.

Wedjunald Gemeille, 18, of 2905-821 Red Clay Drive; Carlos Noe Esperanza-Carranza, 28, of 2905-823 Red Clay Drive; Jerry Jerome Williams III, 23, of 700-104 Navaho Drive; and Jimel Jamal Jackson, 16, of 2930-203 Calvary Drive, each face one count of first-degree murder in the death of Pier Munoz-Chinos, 31.

Shortly after midnight Monday, Raleigh police responded to a report of an assault at Trestles Apartments, in the 2900 block of Red Clay Drive.

Munoz-Chinos was taken to WakeMed, where he died of his injuries.

Investigators have not commented on a possible motive.

They ask that anyone with information that could assist in the case to call the Raleigh Police Department's Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP.

Court records indicate Gemeille has been arrested several times in Raleigh, including a charge of assault and battery on July 15, shoplifting and larceny on July 7 and larceny on Feb. 16.

In November 2007, he was also charged with simple assault, and in March 2008, he was arrested on charges of simple assault and communicating threats.