Driver is shot, dies after crashing

Mother was slain last year in her home

Staff WriterFebruary 28, 2008 

— The son of a woman who was fatally shot last year died Tuesday night after getting shot in the upper leg, driving off the road and striking a utility pole.

Gabriel Donald William Jacobs, 20, was driving a white Ford truck about 11 p.m. when it ran off N.C. 86 about nine miles north of Hillsborough. He was unresponsive at the scene and was pronounced dead at UNC Hospitals.

The body was sent to the Medical Examiner's Office at UNC Hospitals to determine the cause of death, Orange County sheriff's officials said.

Deputies responded to a report of a loud noise and had to break the driver's side window to get into the truck. They also found a bullet-size hole in the driver's side door.

Gabriel Jacob's mother, Eva Jacobs, was shot to death in November in her Cedar Grove home in northern Orange County.

District Attorney Jim Woodall said Gabriel Jacobs was living in one of several buildings on his parents' property when she was killed. Woodall could not say whether the two deaths were linked or whether the son was to play any role in the prosecution of those accused in his mother's death.

"I don't know if these things are related or not," Woodall said. "They seem to be separate incidents, unfortunately, with a mother and a son."

No connection known

The Sheriff's Office has not identified a suspect in Tuesday's homicide but has not ruled out a connection to the mother's case.

"We don't have any reason at this point to believe that it is connected," Sheriff's Lt. Ned Thorpe said.

When a deputy responded to Eva Jacobs' home on the night of her death, she told him that two or three men had broken in and left in a white truck. In a 911 call, she said they had been looking for money. Deputies found marijuana at the home and records of "crop" sales in her checkbook.

The only person still facing charges in Eva Jacobs' homicide, Montez Stevons, was scheduled to appear in court today. That hearing had already been postponed before court officials learned of her son's death.

Stevons is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. Last month, a judge did not find enough evidence to try two other suspects, Reshaun Cates and Done Johnson, on charges related to Eva Jacobs' death.

A witness Woodall called "the linchpin" of the case against Cates and Johnson did not appear as prosecutors had expected, and Woodall said he did not anticipate renewing the charges unless the witness was willing to testify.

"There's no indication that the witness is going to cooperate with us," Woodall said.

Stevons did not appear at that hearing, but sheriff's deputies testified that Stevons had been borrowing a white extended-cab F-150 pickup truck with tire treads matching tracks left at the scene.

Stevons is being held in the Durham County jail in lieu of $1 million bail on armed robbery and murder charges plus three assault-with-intent-to-kill charges out of Durham.

Anyone with information about either of the Jacobs homicides can call investigators at (919) 644-3050.

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