A Fuquay-Varina man is accused of bringing two young children to a drug deal that turned deadly, Wake County officials say.
James Adam Hooker, 25, was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of child abuse-inflicting serious mental or physical injury, court records show. Wake County deputies arrested him Tuesday in Raleigh.
Hooker on Monday took a 2-week-old child and a 1-year-old child with him “to purchase narcotics during which time a murder was committed,” according to arrest warrants.
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office chaged Hooker in the death of Michael Antwan Farrington, 36, of Cary.
Deputies responded to a shooting at about 5:40 p.m. Monday in the 4600 block of Arrowhead Drive in Apex, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Eric Curry. Officers found Farrington, who later died at WakeMed, Curry said in an email.
“According to witnesses, the suspect and victim had a physical altercation shortly before the shooting,” the spokesman said.
Hooker’s girlfriend and kids were in a car “during the incident,” which caused the children to have “serious mental injury,” according to the sheriff’s office.
Hooker’s bail was set at $100,000 for the child abuse charges, according to court documents. He’s scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon, records show.