Man charged in fatal shooting of Durham teen late Wednesday

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comJuly 4, 2013 

Jaaron Joyner

DURHAM COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

— Police on Thursday announced the arrest of an 18-year-old accused in the shooting death of another teen late Wednesday in East Durham.

Jaaron Joyner of Raleigh is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Dion Omari Williams, 17, of Durham, according to Kammie Michael, a spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department.

Investigators have not made public a motive for the shooting, but they say Joyner and Williams knew each other, Michael said.

The shooting took place Wednesday night in the 3400 block of Freeman Road.

It was just before 10:30 p.m. when officers arrived in the neighborhood and found Williams already dead, lying in the road, Michael said.

Williams had been charged in October with felony possession with intent to sell, manufacture and deliver a controlled substance. He was scheduled to appear in court on March 6, 2014, state records show.

A woman who identified herself as Williams’ aunt in North Durham on Thursday declined comment.

Joyner has a much more extensive criminal history.

State records show he was scheduled to appear in court next week in Wake County in two cases.

He was to be in court Monday to answer to a charge of disorderly conduct, and on Wednesday to face charges of felony probation violation, state records show.

Joyner has previous convictions for felony breaking and entering and was sentenced in Wake County to two years’ probation in 2011. A Wake County judge ordered Joyner to have no contact with his accomplices and to attend public school or earn a general education diploma, court records show.

He has prior convictions for felony larceny and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Misdemeanor charges of carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest were dismissed in March.

Police charged Joyner with a second felony probation violation in connection with Wednesday’s fatal shooting, according to records filed with the Durham County Detention Center.

Joyner’s family could not be reached for comment Thursday.

He is being held at the Durham County jail without benefit of bail, detention records show.

News researcher Peggy Neal contributed to this report.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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