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Police announce arrests of suspects in two Durham homicides

Police have announced the arrests of two men each charged with homicides that occurred last week.

Carrboro police on Tuesday afternoon arrested Andrew Koko Scheper of Durham, who was wanted in the death of a man whose body was found in a pond near East Club Boulevard.

Scheper, 30, was charged with killing Trinity James Wilkins, who is also known as Trinity Smith, 38, of Durham, according to police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

Police have not disclosed a possible motive, but they have said Wilkins and Scheper knew each other and that the homicide does not appear to be a random act.

Wilkins' family filed a missing persons report with police on Jan. 15, saying they had not seen Wilkins since Nov. 24. Volunteers who were cleaning up a pond on Martin Luther King Jr. Day found his body wrapped in a blanket or rug. Investigators have not said how Wilkins died.

Durham investigators also announced that authorities in Columbia, S.C., have arrested Brian Lamont Davis, 40, and charged him with the murder of his roommate, 63-year-old Charles Hinnant, on Jan. 19.

Officers found Hinnant's body about 8:30 a.m. inside a townhouse in the 3000 block of Colony Road in Durham.

Police did not disclose a motive for Hinnant's homicide, either, though they also charged Davis with felony larceny, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen goods, Michael said.

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