Durham police charge brothers with murder in February shooting death

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comMarch 18, 2014 

— Durham police have arrested a Creedmoor man and are seeking his brother in connection with the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old woman in East Durham last month.

Police arrested Dominique Zavier Lamberth, 21, over the weekend in Louisburg. He is charged with murder and other felony offenses in connection with the Feb. 26 shooting death of Kourtney Krista Dawson on Holloway Street near North Guthrie Avenue.

On Tuesday, investigators said they are now searching for the man’s older brother, Arsenio Jarmal Lamberth, 23. They have obtained warrants charging him with murder, also.

Arsenio Lamberth remains at large, said Kammie Michael, a police spokeswoman.

Officers responded to a “shots fired” call at 9:17 p.m. on Feb. 26. When they arrived, they found Dawson lying on the sidewalk near the intersection in front of Antioch Baptist Church.

Investigators have accused the Lamberths of robbing a man of $20 at gunpoint and then firing shots at his vehicle as he drove away.

One of the shots apparently struck Dawson as she was walking on Holloway Street. She was not the intended victim, police reported.

In addition to the murder charge, the brothers are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Dominique Lamberth is in custody at Durham County Jail without bond.

Investigators are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Arsenio Lamberth to call (919) 560-4440, ext. 29325 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers don’t have to identify themselves.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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