Police charge fourth suspect in October homicide in Raleigh

rgallagher@newsobserver.comFebruary 12, 2013 

Akilia Natashia Jones

WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

— Police have charged a fourth person with murder in the shooting death of a man at Raleigh Housing Authority apartments on Neeley Street in October.

Akilia Natashia Jones, 22, was arrested late Monday at an apartment at 3449 Middle Branch Road, according to an arrest warrant.

Markeith Tennessee was gunned down early Oct. 1, and his body was found on the ground outside the apartment building where he lived at 4000 Neeley St.

Tennessee was shot about 12:30 a.m.

That afternoon, police charged a neighbor, Twanisha Fere Stewart, 27, with murder, and a search warrant later showed that they believed she was the last person to speak to Tennessee, talking to him on the phone shortly before he died.

They also arrested Quamir Alteriq Rogers, 21, that day and Todd Antwan Harris, 23, in Louisburg the next day.

Tennessee and four other people in his apartment had been robbed shortly before he was killed, according to the search warrant for Stewart’s home.

In justifying the warrant, police told a magistrate that someone had recognized Stewart and told them she had a gun with her shortly after the killing.

Police declined to discuss what led them to Jones or how long they had been seeking her before her arrest.

Spokesman Jim Sughrue said the investigation into the slaying was continuing, but “at this point, based on what’s known,” he did not anticipate more arrests.

The warrant for Jones’s arrest was issued this year, not at the time Tennessee was killed.

On the warrant, police had listed the last address they had for Jones, 5813 Saddle Seat Dr. in Raleigh, the Hunter’s Run apartments.

When they arrested her, they listed no permanent address.

Jones also was charged with failing to appear at a court hearing on a misdemeanor charge.

She was being held without bail at the Wake County Detention Center pending a court appearance Tuesday.

Gallagher 919-829-4572

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