Raleigh police arrest two in New Bern Avenue homicide case

From staff reportsMay 9, 2014 

— Police have arrested two men in connection with the shooting death of a man on New Bern Avenue late last month.

The Raleigh Police Department’s Fugitive Unit, along with local deputies and the State Bureau of Investigation, found Isiah Alexander Owens and Shawn Cordellro Jones at 112 Franklin Street in Elizabeth City on Friday afternoon, the department announced.

Owens, 25, and Jones, 26, each face one count of murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, said Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue. Both suspects recently left prison.

Owens and Jones are accused of killing Thomas Anthony Weiner, 30, and injuring Fred Douglas Hodge Jr., 61, and Ramon Lee Lyon, 38, in a fusillade of gunfire on April 26. Police have not disclosed a possible motive for the shootings, which happened on a Saturday afternoon on the 1400 block of New Bern Avenue, across from Church’s Chicken and near the Richard B. Harrison Library, police said.

Witnesses told police that, following the gunfire, Weiner, 30, ran into a nearby barbershop with multiple wounds. Weiner asked someone to call 911 before he collapsed on the floor, according to a 911 recording. He died later at WakeMed.

Owens was released from prison on Oct. 27 after he served more than a year on a conviction for felony hit and run causing serious bodily injury, according to the state Department of Correction.

Owens has had run-ins with police since 2005, state records show.

Jones also got out of prison late last year, on Oct. 23, after spending more than three years behind bars for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury conviction, according to the Department of Public Safety.

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