Trial date nears in 2011 Wake killing as Durham police add murder charge

From staff reportsMarch 11, 2013 

Miguel Antonio Meza-Rodriguez

WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

— A man scheduled to be tried next week in Wake County on a murder charge from a July 17, 2011, slaying is now charged with a Durham killing that happened 12 days earlier.

In a warrant issued late last week, Durham police accused Miguel Antonio Meza-Rodriguez, now 22, of 1015 Glenrose Drive in Durham of killing Orlando Martinez.

Martinez was found dead on the lawn outside an apartment building on Hardee Street near Naples Place on July 5, 2011.

On July 21 that year, Meza-Rodriguez was arrested on a murder warrant in the shooting death of Santiago Hernandez-Arredondo, 44, of Durham at a house off N.C. 98 near Falls Lake.

The Wake County District Attorney’s office said Monday that Meza-Rodriguez’s trial is to open March 18.

In addition to murder, Meza-Rodriguez is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy.

Wake County sheriff’s deputies charged seven people altogether in what they said they believed was a conspiracy to have Hernandez-Arredondo killed.

A deputy found him Hernandez-Arredondo dead after being flagged down by someone while he was on patrol.

An extra-marital affair may have led to the Wake shooting, deputies said.

Durham police said Friday that Martinez, who lived on Hardee Street, apparently was killed during an altercation.

The other man charged with murder in the Wake County shooting was Pedro Tur Fernandez, now 18, of Durham, who was arrested July 18, 2011.

Both men have been in the Wake County Jail without bail since their arrests.

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