Police think they have solved the case of a homicide that took place in an apartment near N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus nearly 20 years ago.
Police on Wednesday arrested Shamel Keyon Weiner, 39, and charged him with murder in the death of Kareem Augustus Jones in May 1997. Weiner was arrested at an apartment complex off Sandy Forks Road
Police also said that they have charged Lee Demetrius Speller, 39, with murder, and that he will be extradited to North Carolina from Los Angeles, where the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office arrested him Wednesday morning.
Early on the morning of May 22, 1997, police say intruders broke into an apartment on Varsity Drive and shot Jones. Other people who were in the apartment were unhurt when Jones was killed, and police said at the time that they suspected the death was drug related.
Weiner was arrested that day on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping, but those crimes appeared to be unrelated to the homicide, police said Thursday.
Weiner was convicted of the robbery charge in February 1998 and was in prison until November 2002. His parole expired in 2003.
Police said the murder charge resulted from detectives reworking an unsolved case.
“We do not have cold cases. We have unsolved cases,” spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said, adding that those are always reexamined in search of new information or new theories of the crime.
The department has about 90 unsolved homicide cases dating to the 1960s, Hourigan said.
Weiner was held without bail.