Investigators have charged a man with killing a 32-year-old man whose body was pulled from a badly burned house in Southeast Raleigh last week.
Police charged Curtis Levon Jackson, 29, with murder on Thursday, said police spokesman Jim Sughrue. Jackson is accused of killing Curtis Lamont Mitchell sometime before his body was found in the house on Poole Road on April 1.
Mitchell’s mother, Angela Mitchell, said Jackson had visited the apartment she shared with her son, including on March 31, the last night she saw him alive.
“My son thought he was a friend,” Angela Mitchell said shortly after police contacted her about Jackson’s arrest Thursday. “He left with my son. He killed my son. He burned my son up. I want him to pay for everything.”
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Jackson was already in the Wake County jail on unrelated charges when police served him with the warrant for murder, Sughrue said. Police had arrested Jackson on Wednesday and charged him with driving while his license was revoked, altering his vehicle registration and communicating threats, a jail spokesman said.
The fire took place one week earlier, on April 1. Mitchell’s mother said that late the night before, he left their apartment on Hawkins Street to walk to New Bern Avenue to use his Social Security debit card at an ATM.
Mitchell, who struggled with a bipolar disorder, never returned home.
Although Angela Mitchell was asleep when her son left home on March 31, she is certain he left with Jackson.
“That dude was here on the 31st,” she said. “When he got here it was after 11 p.m.”
On April 2, Angela Mitchell called police to file a missing persons report. That’s when police told her about a fire that had been deliberately set sometime before 5:30 a.m. the day before in an abandoned, one-story brick home at 2801 Poole Road.
Firefighters had found a body inside the badly burned home, but investigators did not know who it was until Angela Mitchell reported her son missing.
Police have not said how Mitchell died, nor have they disclosed a motive. His mother and other family members think he was targeted for robbery. They said he left home with more than $700 on his debit card but had only $7 in his account after he died.