3 suspects arrested in the Peartree Lane fatal shooting

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comMay 9, 2013 

— Three men have been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of a man outside his apartment near WakeMed’s Raleigh campus earlier this week.

John Wesley Chandler, 28, Brandon Ervin Felder, 26, and Tony Jaquan Davis, 23, are accused of fatally shooting Christian Tobias McLean, of 202 Peartree Lane on Tuesday afternoon. They also have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The shooting was not a random incident, according to police spokesman Jim Sughrue. He declined to say if the shooting was gang- or drug -related.

Police found McLean, 25, near a stairwell in front of his apartment shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. McLean’s girlfriend, who called 911, told the dispatcher that he had gone to a nearby store and returned home, and that she thought he was unlocking the door of their apartment when she heard screams and gunshots.

Two men who lived in McLean’s building tried to keep him conscious until police and paramedics arrived. But McLean lost consciousness before paramedics got to him, according to a copy of the 911 recording made public Wednesday. He was pronounced dead at WakeMed a short time later.

Chandler, with multiple felony drug violations, has the most serious criminal history among the three suspects.

He served one year in prison between 2008 and 2009 after he was convicted of seven felony drug charges, state records show.

He also served 10 months in prison between 2010 and 2011 after violating the terms of his probation for felony larceny and felony drug violations, according to the state Department of Correction.

On March 8, 2009, Davis was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretenses. He was convicted in 2010 of the lesser offense of common-law robbery and sentenced to two years probation, state records show. He later was convicted in 2010 of felony possession of a motor vehicle and common-law robbery and was sentenced to four months in prison in 2011 after he was convicted of felony conversion.

Felder was charged last year with possession of marijuana. He was convicted in January of the lesser offense of possession of drug paraphernalia and ordered to pay a fine, state records show.

Bail was set for Chandler at $660,000 and for Felder and Davis at $150,000 on the robbery conspiracy charges. However, all three are being held without the benefit of bail on the murder charges, a jail spokesman said Thursday.

Research Peggy Neal contributed to this report.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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