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Pair charged in shooting death of former ECU football player

Posted October 26, 2017 10:51 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 2:06 p.m. EDT

Clifton Jason Spellman, left, and Wantavius Burney Jackson

— Two men were arrested Wednesday in a June shooting in Raleigh that left a former East Carolina University football player dead.

Clifton Jason Spellman, 25, of 1431 Portertown Road in Greenville, and Wantavius Burney Jackson, 25, of 788 Tyree Road in Kinston, were charged with felony conspiracy to commit murder.

Anthony Domonique Lennon was killed June 23 in a hail of bullets in the parking lot of Bahama Breeze, at 3309 Wake Forest Road.

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One woman eating in the restaurant at the time of the shooting said she heard about 10 to 15 shots and saw people running in the parking lot.

Lennon, 24, played on defense and special teams for ECU from 2011 to 2014, finishing his senior season with the fourth-most solo tackles on the team.

Police haven't disclosed a motive for the shooting.

Stephanie Chayanne Owens, 19, of 170 Keys Court in Greenville, was charged Friday as an accessory after the fact to murder in Lennon's death. No details about her involvement in the crime were disclosed.

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