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Suspect in Zebulon slaying commits suicide in jail

Posted February 8, 2011 5:22 p.m. EST
Updated February 8, 2011 5:42 p.m. EST

— A Nash County man charged with murder in the death of a Zebulon man over the weekend killed himself in the Wake County jail on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Detention officers found Alonza Jamal Hunter hanging in his cell shortly after 2:30 p.m., and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, authorities said.

Hunter, 21, of 6470 Winters Road in Middlesex, was charged Monday with murder following the Sunday death of Jonathan Trevon Smith.

Smith, 19, was sitting in a car outside his Zebulon home last Thursday night when he was shot in the head, police said.

Hunter was in an altercation with Jomiya Gabrielle Beckwith when he pulled out a gun and began shooting, police said. Smith was hit by a stray bullet, they said.

Beckwith, 19, of 1225 Pampass Drive in Zebulon, also is charged with first-degree murder in the case.