Five people now face murder charges in the Monday night Durham County shooting that left one woman dead and another pretending to be dead until the attackers left.
Sheriff’s deputies had initially charged Quashaun Niajel Slade, 23, and Brittany Sharnell Lassiter, 22, with murder and three others with lesser charges in what prosecutors say was a scheme to kidnap the women and demand ransom for them.
On Friday, the sheriff’s office announced that the other three suspects have now been charged with murder, too. Alezai Deciara Clay, 19, and Jesus Arce, 24, had initially been charged with kidnapping and conspiracy, while Dominique Faulkner, 19, was initially accused of conspiracy and failing to appear in court for a probation violation in Guilford County.
All five are now being held without bail, after a court hearing Friday morning.
Faulkner’s brother, Martin, said after the hearing that his sister is innocent.
“I know my baby sister, and that is not how she rolls,” he said.
Dymond Patrice Fowler, 19, was found dead Monday night from multiple gunshot wounds in a ditch in the 4700 block of Glenn Road in northeast Durham County. Fowler’s friend, Alexis Patterson, 17, feigned death after she was shot in the face and made her way to a home off the road where a resident called 911.
On Thursday, assistant district attorney Jim Dornfried said Fowler and Patterson were kidnapped from a hotel and that someone made a call demanding ransom. Soon after that, they were shot, Dornfried said.
Martin Faulkner, who knows Patterson from seeing her around his neighborhood, doesn’t understand why so many people have been charged.
“Everybody is just throwing names just to get people in trouble,” he said. “Why you want to try get somebody to do time that ain’t got nothing to do with it? It’s not right.”