Police get lead on killing

DNA taken from teen in area when Raleigh man was shot

Staff WriterJune 9, 2009 

— Police followed up on a significant lead last week while continuing their murder investigation of a 47-year-old man shot to death on a Southeast Raleigh street in February, court records filed Monday show.

Andrew Willie Brown's killer has remained at large since Feb. 13, when Brown was found shot in the 2400 block of Poole Road, near Poe Elementary School.

But last Tuesday, investigators obtained a DNA profile from Frederick Lamont Winston, a teenager who police think was on that block during the time frame of the shooting, according to a search warrant application filed by Raleigh police at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.

Police arrested Winston, 17, on May 13, charging him with an armed robbery that was unrelated to Brown's killing, Raleigh detective Gregory J. Palczak stated in the court affidavit.

While police questioned Winston, he admitted to being in the area about the time Brown was murdered. Winston also told investigators he saw Brown around the time of the fatal shooting, court records show.

Investigators reviewed images recorded by a surveillance camera at Poe Elementary School the night of the shooting.

The video shows three people running from the area around the time of the shooting, police said, and detectives have been eager to identify them.

While reviewing the video, Palczak determined that Winston matched the "general height and weight of one of the suspects," court records show.

Investigators obtained two swabs from Winston's cheek for DNA testing, court records show. But he has not been charged in connection with Brown's death, a spokeswoman with the City County Bureau of Identification said Monday.

Police urge anyone who might know something about the shooting to call detectives at 996-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 226-2746. Callers can be anonymous, and Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information that helps clear cases.

thomasi.mcdonald@newsobserver.com or 919-829-4533

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