Death connected to drug deal, police say

FROM STAFF REPORTSMay 4, 2009 

— The April shooting death of a Durham man found dead in his car was the result of a drug deal turned bad, investigators wrote in a search warrant.

Durham homicide investigators served a search warrant Friday in connection with the shooting death April 4 of Donald Ray Scott, 52. Authorities were flagged down that night on the Fayetteville Street bridge over the Durham Freeway. Scott was the passenger in a car, and he had been shot in the back. By the time emergency workers got Scott to a hospital, he was dead.

Police charged Derrick Eugene Williams, 24, with the shooting. Investigators previously said the shooting followed an argument and was not random.

According to the search warrant, Scott and two others had driven to Williams' apartment at 1003 Linwood Ave. to buy crack. Scott became nervous, and someone emerged from the apartment with a gun. The driver took off as the gunman fired.

Under the search warrant, officers seized clothing from Williams.

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