06-02-2006, 10:02 PM #1Registered User
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NC - Four dead, two injured in shooting at Durham townhouse, 19 Nov 2005
Stalled Durham murder case frustrates relatives of victims
Durham | For the past six months, Lennis Harris Sr. has replayed the scene in his mind - his son begging for mercy at the gunpoint of a killer.
Lennis Harris Jr., 24, was one of five young men shot execution-style in the back bedroom of a Durham town house. Four died.
Since November, Harris has waited patiently for arrests in his son's murder. There haven't been any. He asked questions. He got no answers. What about DNA test results? Nothing.
Even after the DNA samples of 46 lacrosse players accused of rape were rushed through the state lab within three weeks, DNA collected from the bloody murder scene in November was still untouched.
Harris said he and the other parents became incensed.
"The priorities are out of whack," Harris said Thursday. "We'll probably never know exactly what happened in that rape case. But what we know with absolute certainty is that four young men were killed, another left for dead, and that those killers are still walking the streets."
***Lennis Harris Jr's father was on H&C tonight. I saw the last few minutes. Something is very wrong here, DNA testing from the crime scene still not tested! November????
01-24-2017, 10:52 AM #2Registered User
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Man Pleads Guilty in Durham Quadruple Murder
A plead deal was reached Tuesday in a decade-old quadruple murder case in Durham.
The execution-style shootings of four young men at a Durham townhouse in 2005 shocked the Triangle, but until Tuesday, no one had come to trial in the case.
The delay frustrated the families of the victims. Lennis Harris Jr., 24, Lajuan Coleman, 27, Jonathan Skinner, 26, and Jamel Holloway, 27, all diedAlmost a year after the killings, a man already in custody on federal drug trafficking charges was indicted. Rodrick Vernard Duncan, now 36, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder.
In court Tuesday, Duncan pleaded guilty to the reduced charges of four counts of second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and armed robbery.
Under the plea agreement, Duncan was sentenced to 36-44 years in prison.
Police initially thought that three men were involved in the shooting inside the townhouse on Alpine Road in late November 2005. On Tuesday, Durham District Attorney Roger Echols suggested there were four. Echols, now in his second year as district attorney, said another reason prosecutors took so long to bring Duncan’s case to court is that they had been trying to build a stronger case against all of the people they think were involved in the quadruple homicide.
Echols did not name the other suspects. Of the others who may have been involved, he said, “two are dead themselves.” As for “the other one,” he said, the case is still under investigation.
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