Crime

Man helped accused killer flee, police say

Police have charged a third person in the June killing of a high school student.

William Oscar Talavera, 24, was arrested at his home at 1724 Greenbriar Drive in Fuquay-Varina and charged today with accessory after the fact of murder, according to the Holly Springs Police Department.

The victim, Middle Creek High School student Douglas Jamal Mangum, 19, was shot outside his home on West Holly Springs Road the night of June 4, police reported.

On Aug. 4, U.S. marshals and Raleigh and Cary police apprehended George Damel Young, 23, of Cary and charged him with murder. Police arrested James Anthony Batiste, 20, of 3125 Tryon Road on June 15 and charged him with accessory after the fact of murder.

Police say they think Young — who they believe is a Crips gang member — might have shot Mangum, an honors student, because his shirt was red, the color of the rival Bloods gang. Mangum was not a gang member and had a clean arrest record, court records show.

Police have accused Talavera of driving Young out of town after the killing.

Talavera is in the Wake County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail, police reported.

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