Bond denied for 2 suspected in man's slaying in Raleigh

rgallagher@newsobserver.comMarch 12, 2014 

— Two Roanoke Rapids men accused of murder in a late-night shooting Feb. 18 in a Raleigh parking lot were ordered held without bond during a court appearance Wednesday, a day after they were returned from Virginia.

Two women, one from Raleigh and one from Garner, who were arrested with the men Feb. 23 at a Petersburg, Va., motel also returned Monday and were being held for court appearances.

Dudley Lamar Kee, 29, of 1807 Daniels St. in Roanoke Rapids and James Keith Nelson, 23, of 84 Matthews St. made unusual morning appearances in Wake County District Court.

Each is charged with murdering Marcus Rashad Owens, 26, in the parking lot of a strip mall in the 2600 block of South Saunders Street just before midnight that Tuesday.

Police said at the time that a disagreement Owens had with Kee and Nelson escalated and shot were fired.

Police have not disclosed how they tracked the two to Petersburg, where they were taken into custody early the following Sunday.

Also due in court were Christina Nicole Barnes, 33, of 2421 Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh and Erica Delvern Barnes, 34, of 426 Kentucky Drive in Garner.

Each was charged with being an accessory after the fact in Owens’ killing, and each was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail after her return.

In addition to murder, Raleigh police charged Kee with possession of a firearm by a felon, saying in nan arrest warrant that he had a semiautomatic pistol after having been convicted in 2011 of possession of cocaine with intent to sell and deliver it.

Kee also faces misdemeanor charges in Halifax County of assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats and making harassing phone calls.

nelson is accused in Wake County of assault on a female in a 2012 case and with drug and traffic crimes in 2010 and 2011 in Halifax County, state court records show.

Judge Keith Gregory said he would appoint public defenders for the two men and told them they will be back in court on April 2.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572

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