Durham murder suspect transported from West Virginia prison

From staff reportsOctober 24, 2013 

— A new suspect in a 2011 killing has turned up at a West Virginia prison.

Demarcus Antonio Thomas, 23, of Durham, was returned to the city Wednesday to face charges of murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Investigators suspect Thomas played a role in the shooting of Jimmie Lamont Harris, 24, a Durham resident who was found dead on the 500 block of Canal Street on Jan. 16, 2011.

Thomas had been serving prison time on unrelated federal charges, according to the Durham Police Department. He now is held in Durham County Jail with two other suspects.

In the same case, Veshan M. Chambers, 24, of Durham, was indicted in March on charges of murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Ricky Lamar Rhodes, 21, of Durham was arrested on Oct. 9 and charged with conspiring to commit murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in connection with the homicide. He also faces heroin-related charges.

Chambers and Thomas are being held without bond, while Rhodes’ bail is set $1,010,000.

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service