Johnston County

A 15-year-old boy was shot dead in Clayton. 3 suspects now in Johnston County jail.

Johnston County sheriff’s deputies have charged a 23-year-old man with first-degree murder and felony assault, the third suspect arrested in a July 13 drive-by shooting that left a 15-year-old boy dead.

James Sonnett Brodie Jr. of Garner was charged Wednesday after his arrest in Morrisville, deputies said in a press release Thursday. They believe a conflict over drugs was the cause of shooting that also wounded a 20-year-old man.

James Sonnett Brodie Jr. Johnston County Sheriff's Office

Deputies were called to the shooting after 1 a.m. July 13, on Blackthorn Court in Clayton.

Kaylen Middleton, 15, was dead of a gunshot wound, and Desmond Tyrese Barnes was shot in the foot.

Joshua Caleb Draughon Johnston County Sheriff's Office

Joshua Caleb Draughon, 18, of Garner, was charged with murder and assault soon after when he appeared in Wake County Court on unrelated charges

Three days later, Quashaad Powell, 19, of the Garner/Angier area, was also charged with murder and assault.

Quashaad Powell Johnston County Sheriff's Office
Josh Shaffer covers Wake County and federal courts. He has been a reporter for The News & Observer since 2004 and previously wrote a column about unusual people and places.