Students Kelton Breshon Fox and Tierra Hall left the Jordan High School campus together about 12:25 p.m. last Friday, and Fox returned alone about a half hour later, according to a search warrant made public Wednesday.
The next afternoon, Hall’s body was found behind a vacant house less than a mile away on Trotter Ridge Road. Fox has been charged with first-degree murder, accused of stabbing Hall several times.
Police have not disclosed a possible motive for the killing or said if they had found a weapon. Hall and Fox, both 17, had dated on and off, but she broke it off for good around Christmas, according to her mother.
Police visited the school early in their investigation. School surveillance footage showed that Fox and Hall had been together several times throughout the day, according to the search warrant, and that at one point Fox grabbed Hall’s cellphone and ran away with it.
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The teens left a classroom together, and the video showed that Hall left her books and other belongings behind. On Sunday, police found Hall’s books and belongings; she was still logged onto the computer she had been using before leaving with Fox, according to the search warrant.
When Fox returned to Jordan, the school video showed that his hands were pulled into his sleeves and that he immediately entered a bathroom. He never returned to class. Instead, he called his mother from the school office and left the campus early, at 2:07 p.m., according to the search warrant.
Detectives searched the bathroom that Fox entered and found what appeared to be blood drops around a trash can and the sink area, according to the warrant.
On Monday, police looked at security camera video from one of the homes in the 4100 block of Trotter Ridge Road and found images of Hall and Fox walking on the street away from school, according to the warrant. The home video later showed Fox walking on Trotter Ridge Road alone back toward the school, according to the warrant.
The warrant also indicates that police found the phrase “King K tha Savage” written on a door that led to the garage of the home on Trotter Ridge Road where Hall was found. Investigators learned that Fox once lived at the home with his mother and that “King K tha Savage” was also part of his name on his Facebook page, according to the search warrant.
Police removed the door as evidence.
After he was charged with murder Tuesday, investigators searched Fox’s home on Cherry Blossom Circle in Durham. They recovered photographs, sneakers, shoes, a mirror, blue sweat pants, documents from a garbage can, a knife sheath and cellphones.
Investigators also took DNA samples and fingerprints from Fox, court records show.
Fox is being held in the Durham County jail without benefit of bail.