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Orange County DA rules out death penalty in Efland-Cheeks murder

Terry Jones
Terry Jones Contributed

Two men charged in a fatal Jan. 18 shooting in rural Orange County will not face the death penalty, prosecutors said this week.

Tevin Kendrick, 22, of Buxton Street in Durham, was shot multiple times outside the Efland-Cheeks Community Center off U.S. 70 in western Orange County.

Terry Glenn Jones Jr., 22, of 1001 Discovery Way, Apt. 1101, in Durham, and Devon Antonio Harris, 23, of 419 E. Geer St. in Durham, appeared Tuesday on first-degree murder charges in Orange County Superior Court.

Jones currently is serving a two-year sentence for drug and weapons charges in the Scotland Correctional Institution. Harris is being held without bail in the Wake County Detention Center, where he faces additional charges.

Both men could face life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder. Their next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 28.

Three other men charged with first-degree murder in the case heard they will not face the death penalty in November. They are:

▪ Barry Dion Holt, 23, of 305 Chandler Road, Durham, is charged with murder. He is being held without bail in the Orange County Jail.

▪ Jermauciyae Rysuan Abram, 19, of 1012 E. Sherwood Drive, Apt. E, Durham, is charged with murder. He is being held without bond in the Orange County Jail and also has been charged with contempt of court.

▪ Andre Lamar Dixon, 23, of 2211 Concord St., Durham, is charged with murder. He is being held under a $1 million bail in the Wake County Detention Center on charges of first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

A sixth man, Savian Jacoby Turrentine, 24, of 4801 Danube Lane, Apt. 727, Durham, is charged with being an accessory after the fact to a felony. He is being held in the Orange County Jail under $100,000 bail.

The next court hearing for Holt, Abram and Dixon also is Feb. 28. Turrentine is scheduled to make an appearance on his charge Jan. 27.

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb

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