Third suspect arrested in Raleigh homicide was released from prison three months ago

Victim shot early Monday in West Raleigh

thomasi.mcdonald@newsobserver.comOctober 2, 2012 

— Police charged a third person with shooting a man to death outside a Raleigh Housing Authority apartment in West Raleigh early Monday.

Todd Antwan Harris, 23, was arrested Tuesday in Franklin County and charged with the first-degree murder of Markeith Alexander Tennessee, 29, who was shot and killed about 12:30 a.m. Monday outside an apartment building at 4000 Neeley St., near N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus. Harris has been out of prison for a little more than three months, state records show.

Quamir Alteriq Rogers, 21, and Twanisha Stewart, 27, also were charged on Monday with first-degree murder in Tennessee’s fatal shooting.

Police have said little about the crime, including a possible motive, but said from the beginning that investigators did not think it was a random act between strangers.

Rogers and Stewart, in their first court appearance Tuesday afternoon, were ordered to be held without bail in the Wake County jail.

All three of the defendants have criminal records, according to the state Department of Correction.

Harris was first convicted in Wake County in January 2006 of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was released from prison in February 2010, but six months later was charged and convicted in connection with a Harnett County armed robbery and served nearly two years behind bars, before being released June 27, state records show.

Harris was scheduled to appear in Wake County District Court on Oct. 11 on misdemeanor charges of communicating threats and on Oct. 18 on felony charges of possession of a counterfeit instrument.

Rogers was previously convicted in Wake County for trespassing and felony breaking and entering and accessory after the fact of armed robbery. He was convicted of the latter two charges in October 2010 and released in September 2011, according to state records.

Stewart’s criminal history includes a conviction for misdemeanor simple assault in 2007.

Tennessee’s sister, Lashonda Tennessee, said her brother was a truck driver and had been living at the Neeley Street apartment for about a month with his girlfriend. He leaves behind four children.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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