Warrant: Murder suspect owed rent to his victim

From staff reportsDecember 5, 2012 

Matthew Durwood Calton

WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

— Jay Gould Simmons came to the parking lot where he was shot to death last month expecting to collect a rent payment from a man who rented a home from him, according to a search warrant made public Wednesday.

Instead, the tenant, Matthew Durwood Calton, shot Simmons as he sat in his pickup truck outside a Carquest Auto Parts store on East Millbrook Road shortly after 2 p.m. on Nov. 23.

Calton, 53, has been charged with murder. He rented a mobile home from Simmons in the Neusewoods Mobile Home Park on the southeast side of Raleigh.

Later on the same day, Calton exchanged gunfire with police behind the Creedmoor Crossing shopping center on Creedmoor Road just before he was arrested. Both he and an officer were wounded.

Calton was released from the hospital Monday and is being held in the Wake County Detention Center without bail.

Simmons, 53, was a licensed real estate auctioneer who owned several properties in Wake County and operated a plumbing business out of his house near Knightdale.

Simmons’ family told police that Calton had called him and requested that they meet at the Carquest, according to the warrant. Police said witnesses saw Calton in the store just before the shooting, and that another witness described the car he was driving.

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