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5th suspect arrested in Chapel Hill shootings

A fifth suspect wanted in the double shooting that killed one teen and injured another Tuesday night in Chapel Hill was arrested in South Carolina, police said Thursday.

Denzel Lamont Spikes, 23, of Shelby was taken into custody in Lexington, South Carolina, and was awaiting extradition back to North Carolina.

The shooting happened in a cul-de-sac at Jackie Robinson and Adelaide Walter streets, on the eastern side of Chapel Hill. The low-rise apartment buildings there are owned by the Chapel Hill Housing Authority.

Police got a call at 9:54 p.m. Tuesday and found Malik Devon Brown Burnette, 18, of Chapel Hill and Tanner Cobb, 18, of Chapel Hill had been shot. Burnette later died at UNC Hospitals.

Four suspects arrested Wednesday made their first court appearance Thursday afternoon in Orange County, where Judge Lunsford Long read their charges.

Laquida Shuntae Poston, 26, of Shelby; Renaire Lewis II, 22, of Shelby; Thomas Oliver, 30, of Gastonia; and Jalen Raekwon Hackney, 18, of Burlington were each charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and accessory after the fact.

Poston shook her head as she stood listening to her charges.

The four were arrested in Greensboro after authorities found blood and guns in a vehicle that matched a description from witnesses. They are being held without bail in the Orange County Jail.

Renaire Lewis looked at his mother, Charlene Bess, as he was escorted out of the room and back to the jail.

Bess said her son made “a bad decision.”

“He was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” she said. “I don’t want him to pay for it for the rest of his life.”

Police said the shooting involved a 9 mm pistol but didn’t specify how many guns were involved or if the shooting victims returned gunfire.

According to documents read in court Thursday, the suspects left the scene with $350 to $700 worth of marijuana after the shooting.

A probable-cause hearing for Poston, Lewis, Oliver, and Hackney was scheduled for August 15.

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