Man charged in slaying of woman passing by armed robbery in Durham

rgallagher@newsobserver.comMarch 17, 2014 

— A woman who was shot and killed in front of a Baptist church late last month was hit by a bullet meant for someone else, Durham police said Monday.

Police have charged Dominique Xavier Lamberth of Creedmoor with killing Kourtney Krista Dawson when she happened to be walking past while he was shooting at a man he had just robbed, police said.

Officers found Dawson’s body on Holloway Street near North Guthrie Avenue, in front of Antioch Baptist Church, at about 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 26. They had answered a call about gunshots fired in the area.

Detectives concluded that Lamberth, 21, had just robbed a man of $20. As the man drove away, Lamberth shot at the car, and a bullet hit Dawson, 25, said police spokesman Kammie Michael.

At least two people called 911 to report hearing the gunshots. One of the callers, who was not identified in a recording made public by police, said a man told her that Dawson “got shot by my nephew,” according to the 911 recording.

In addition to murder, Lamberth was also charged with one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Lamberth was convicted in Durham last June of having a gun as a convicted felon and was given a suspended sentence and put on two years’ probation. State probation officers listed him as an absconder since then.

In February 2011, Lamberth was convicted in Granville County of carrying out unarmed robberies in February and September 2010, state prison records show. He served 32 months in prison for those felonies, the records state.

Lamberth was arrested in Louisburg over the weekend, Michael said. He was being held Monday without bail in the Durham County jail.

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