A Durham man has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of another Durham man who was found outside the Efland-Cheeks Community Center in January.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that it arrested Jermauciyae Abram on Friday, with help from Durham sheriff’s deputies and Durham police.
Abram is charged with killing Tevin Deshawn Kendrick on the afternoon of Jan. 18. Kendrick, 22, of Buxton Street in Durham, was found fatally wounded on the ground behind a white car with its trunk open in the parking lot of the community center. The center, on Richmond Road just north of U.S. 70, is next to Efland-Cheeks Elementary School, which was closed at the time for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.
Sheriff’s deputies also arrested Savian Jacob Turrentine and charged him with accessory after the fact to a felony. The sheriff’s office did not say what role it thinks he played in Kendrick’s death or its aftermath.
The sheriff’s office has not disclosed details about the crime, including a possible motive. But it said Monday that investigators do not think the killing was a random act, suggesting the parties knew each other. The sheriff’s office said it expects to charge others in the case.