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Raleigh murder suspect: 'I am the antichrist'

Posted November 10, 2015 10:37 a.m. EST
Updated November 10, 2015 1:15 p.m. EST

— A Wake Forest man charged in an August crime spree that included a shooting death and a rape had several outbursts during a Tuesday morning court appearance, including one where he declared himself the antichrist.

Kendrick Keyanti Gregory, 21, of 8327 Bratt Ave., was indicted by a Wake County jury last month on 10 charges, including murder, several counts of robbery, assault and kidnapping and first-degree rape.

"Tell the illuminati I am the antichrist. I'm here to take over the world," Gregory yelled as he entered a Wake County courtroom.

Later, he yelled, "The Empire State Building will go up in flames."

Gregory didn't do anything physically aggressive in the courtroom, and he appeared to listen to Superior Court Judge Kendra Hill when she spoke.

The court hearing was to appoint Gregory a lawyer in a probation violation case. He was convicted on Aug. 26 of two counts of breaking into vehicles in July and was sentenced to 18 months on probation, according to state Department of Public Safety records.

Five days into that probation, police said, Gregory shot and killed 64-year-old Thomas Melvin Durand, owner of the Mr. Pawn check cashing shop on Capital Boulevard.

Police say Gregory raped a 15-year-old girl after he shot Durand, and he's also charged with shooting and robbing another man earlier that day.

He was arrested in Brooklyn two days later when New York police officers used a mobile phone app to track an SUV that had been reported stolen in Manhattan. Police said he had a .45-caliber handgun in his pocket and another gun under the driver's seat when he was arrested.

New York police have charged Gregory with with grand larceny and two counts of possession of a loaded weapon.

Gregory was returned to Raleigh last week after he fought extradition from New York.