Raleigh police charge man in shooting death

From staff reportsAugust 6, 2013 

— Alexander Leon Walton, 20, was charged Tuesday night with involuntary manslaughter after police found a man shot to death at his home at 2110 Groundwater Place.

Police said Walton, of 4707 Grand Cypress Court in Raleigh, was at the house where they found Bryan Keith Gill, 21, who they said lived there.

Walton also was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon because he was convicted earlier this year of felony obstructing justice after originally being one of four people charged with murder in the 2011 death of an Enloe High School student, Darius Latrae Johnson, while he was walking on Poole Road.

Walton had a .25-caliber handgun, police said in their arrest warrant.

Police said Walton and Gill knew each other, but they have not said what they think led to the shooting.

In a call to 911, a male caller can be heard shouting to a dispatcher, “My ... best friend is dying!”

“Please come. My friend is shot,” the caller says through tears and over a barking dog.

Officers were first sent to the house a little after 7 p.m. and found Gill as soon as they got there, spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

They have identified who called 911.

The man initially did not know where he was, asking the victim where he lived and then telling the dispatcher, “He’s dying. He can’t talk at all. he can’t talk.”

The dispatcher urged the caller to find something with an address on it and then to get the right street name.

The charge of involuntary manslaughter differs from murder in state law because manslaughter does not include an allegation that a killing was not done with “malice aforethought.”

Both charges say a killing was done “willfully.”

In the 2011 case, Johnson , 16, was walking near St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on the night of June 23 when two men approached him and his friends.

Police said gunfire erupted and Johnson was hit, and he later died at WakeMed Hospital.

Walton was charged the next day along with two other teens and Floyd Clifton Creecy Jr., 29.

Rodney Nigee Pledge Taylor was convicted last January and sentenced to life in prison.

Creecy was convicted Jan. 25 of felony obstructing justice and was placed on three years’ probation, state records show.

The other teen charged, Solister Lester, now 19, is on probation for a 2012 drug conviction, but there is no record of any conviction involving Johnson’s death.

Walton’s conviction for obstructing justice was Feb. 6.

Walton was being held Wednesday in the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $40,000 bail for a court appearance.

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