Man says he wasn’t part of Efland murder, but he still took a plea deal and prison time

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A 26-year-old Durham man agreed to a plea deal Wednesday that will send him to prison for up to 15 years for a murder he said he didn’t commit.

Barry Dion Holt accepted an Alford plea for second-degree murder in the Jan. 18, 2016, killing of Tevin Kendrick, 22, of Durham. Under an Alford plea, a defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges the state has enough evidence for a conviction.

“I don’t even know your son,” Holt told Kendrick’s mother and other family members in the courtroom. “I had nothing to do with your son getting killed.”

Holt’s attorney, James Glover, said Holt was taking the plea because he didn’t want to risk getting convicted of first-degree murder after a jury trial and being sent away for life without the possibility of parole, a mandatory sentence for such convictions.

Under the plea deal, Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour sentenced Holt to serve from 12 years to more than 15 years in state prison.

Holt was one of six men charged in the death of Kendrick, who was found dead with 23 gunshot wounds and a large number of shell casings in the Efland-Cheeks Community Center parking lot after a 2:15 p.m. call to 911 reporting gunshots.

Other men serving time or still facing charges in the case include:

Andre Lamar Dixon was found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury in November and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Devon Antonio Harris of Durham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October and was sentenced to from 16 years to more than 20 years in the state prison.

Terry Glenn Jones of Durham accepted an Alford plea of second-degree murder in August. He was sentenced to from 25 years to 31 years in prison.

Jermauciyae Rysuan Abram of Durham is still facing a murder charge.

Savian Jacoby Turrentine of Durham is facing an accessory after the fact to a felony charge.

Assistant District Attorney Byron Beasley said Turrentine told investigators that Jones, Harris, Holt and Dixon shot Kendrick, and Abram confirmed which guns they used in the murder. A source told investigators that Kendrick was shot because the men thought he was going to rob them.

Glover said that the case involved an organized group of people involved in home-invasion robberies in Wake, Durham and other counties. Holt wasn’t part of the group, he said.

Glover also pointed out that Turrentine, who told investigators that Holt was one of the shooters, was among 11 individuals indicted May 3 on federal charges related to a series of violent robberies that targeted homes of Middle-Eastern and Asian business owners.

Holt and Abram were also named and charged in the federal indictment.

Staff reporter Tammy Grubb contributed to this report.

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