FAIRMONT — Authorities have issued warrants charging two teenagers and a 20-year-old with murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old student at Fairmont High School.
In addition to first-degree murder, the warrants accuse Jerod Kutree McNeill, 16, of 154 Glardenias Drive, Lumberton, Julius Rogers, 20, of 2362 Pleasant Hope Road, Fairmont, and Bobby Deshawn Jones, 19, of 2122 Turner Place, Lumberton, with conspiracy to commit murder in the death of 16-year-old DaQuan Stephens.
Danny Parker, the director of Public Safety for Fairmont, said in a statement that McNeill planned the murder and fired the shots that killed Stephens. McNeill is considered armed and dangerous. Parker said Jones has an outstanding warrant for resisting a public officer in Wake County.
Police on Monday arrested 22-year-old Shinaha Nashae Grissett and 23-year-old Natasha Deshaun Owens and charged them with murder and conspiracy in Stephens’ shooting death. They are being held in the Robeson County jail without bond.
Parker said the five were in a vehicle driven by Grissett when they saw Stephens walking with a friend to Calvin Haggin Park and followed him there. A conversation occurred between McNeill and Stephens and McNeill pulled out a weapon and fired multiple shots at Stephens. Stephens was transported to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Owens’ 2-year-old child was in the vehicle with them, according to Parker. Parker said the child has been turned over to the Department of Social Services.
Stephens was a student at Fairmont High School. Friends and family recalled him as a good student, a church-goer and someone who loved children. A funeral is planned at Fairmont High School.
Fairmont police Detective Darren Jones is the lead investigator in the case, and is being assisted by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, Lumberton police, and Robeson County District Attorney’s Office.