LUMBERTON — Two people whom police have been looking for since March 22 in the shooting death of a Fairmont High student are now in the county jail.
Jerod Kutree McNeill, 16, of 154 Glardenias Drive, was arrested late Friday afternoon and was taken to the Robeson County jail to be questioned by authorities, according to Chief Danny Parker, director of Public Safety for Fairmont.
Details, such as when and where McNeill was arrested, were not immediately available.
McNeill’s arrest came after Julius Laverne Rogers, 20, of 2362 Pleasant Hope Road, Fairmont, surrendered to authorities at the magistrate’s office at the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at 5:22 p.m. on Thursday.
McNeill and Rogers are charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting death of 16-year-old DaQuan Stephens. Rogers is known to dress up as a woman, but was dressed as a man when he surrendered, according to Parker. He is being held without bond.
McNeill, Rogers and Bobby Deshawn Jones, 19, of 2122 Turner Place, Lumberton, had been wanted by lawmen since Stephens was shot and killed on March 22 while playing basketball at Calvin Haggin Park in Fairmont. Jones was arrested by lawmen on Wednesday. He faces the same charges as McNeill and Rogers.
Investigators say the three men followed Stephens to the park in a vehicle. According to lawmen, McNeill approached Stephens on the basketball court, had a conversation with Stephens and fired multiple shots that killed him.
Parker said that Rogers is charged in Cumberland County with common law robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Rogers, who failed to appear in court in Cumberland County in March, was out on $75,000 bail on those charges, Parker said.
Rogers was cooperative while being questioned, according to Parker. Parker said that police now believe they have a motive in the shooting, but are not ready to make it public.
“We are pretty confident of what took place,” Parker said.
Three other people have previously been charged in the case.
Shinaha Nashae Grissett, 22, of Fairmont, and 23-year-old Natasha Deshaun Owens, of Lumberton, are each charged with murder and conspiracy in Stephens’ death. They are being held at the Robeson County jail without bail.
Nita Rose Burney, 21, is charged with harboring a fugitive after she allegedly allowed Jones to sleep at her home. Burney and Jones have a 2-year-old child.