Third man charged in 2011 Canal Street homicide
A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the 2011 murder of Jimmie Lamont Harris Jr.
On Wednesday, Demarcus Antonio Thomas, 23, was transferred to the Durham County Jail from a federal prison in West Virginia to face charges of conspiring to commit murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.
He was held without bond.
Harris, 24, of Dowd Street, was found shot to death in the 500 block of Canal Street shortly before 5 p.m. on Jan. 16, 2011. Another victim, a 28-year-old man, was shot and taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
Two other men have been charged in this case.
On Oct. 9, police arrested Ricky Lamar Rhodes, 21, of Durham on charges of conspiring to commit murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury. He also was served with warrants for conspiracy to traffic in heroin and possession of heroin with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver.
In March, Veshan M. Chambers, 24, of Durham, was indicted on one charge of murder and one charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.
Rhodes and Chambers also are incarcerated in the Durham County Jail.
Thomas, along with Chambers and Rhodes, were among several convicted on federal charges from a Canal Street drug bust that involved members of a gang known as the North Durham Crew.
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