Three suspects arrested in woman's slaying

From Staff ReportsMay 22, 2013 

Three suspects have been arrested in the death of banker Melissa Dawn Huggins-Jones, 30, who was found dead in her bedroom last week, Raleigh police reported early Wednesday morning.

Police charged Ronald Lee Anthony Jr., 23; Sarah Rene Redden, 19; and Travian Devonte Smith, 20, with murder.

The suspects were detained late yesterday afternoon in Wake Forest by Raleigh police with assistance from Wake Forest police.

Huggins-Jones was found by her 8-year-old daughter just after 7:30 a.m. May 14, covered in blood and not responding.

Police have maintained a constant presence around Huggins-Jones’ apartment at 441 Allister Drive since her death.

Police said there appeared to have been no connection between the victim and the suspects prior to the crime.

Investigators maintained an information checkpoint near the intersection of Six Forks Road and Ramblewood Drive between 11 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday. Officers at the checkpoint handed out a flier to motorists as part of their ongoing investigation into the death of Huggins-Jones, who had moved from Tennessee to Raleigh to manage a new bank branch just two weeks before her death.

The flier said police want to speak with anyone who may have been traveling in or who lives in the area near Six Forks Road, the Interstate 440 Beltline, Ramblewood Drive, Bellevue Road, Allister Drive or Rolston Drive.

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