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5 suspects, including 3 teens, now charged with killing Chinese businessman Hong Zheng

They not only took money, “but they took a life,” says grieving daughter

Shirley Chan and Jade Zheng ask the people who have broken into their home and shot their father and husband why they keep coming back, and why they "broke" their family.
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Shirley Chan and Jade Zheng ask the people who have broken into their home and shot their father and husband why they keep coming back, and why they "broke" their family.

The Durham Police Department has charged four more suspects, including three teenagers, with murder in the April killing of Chinese businessman Hong Zheng.

One suspect, Hykeem Deshun Cox, was convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon in a 2017 incident and was released on probation on April 5 of this year, 10 days before Zheng was killed, according to court records.

Zheng was fatally shot in his driveway in the 4600 block of Carlton Crossing Drive on April 15, after coming home from his China Wok restaurant.

Cox, 21, was arrested Friday. On Tuesday, police also arrested Darryl Bradford, 18, Semaj Maleek Bradley, 18, and Charles Winfor Daniels, 18, police announced at a press briefing Thursday. All are from Durham.

"Oh! That's great news!" said Jianping Yang, board chairman for the Chinese-American Friendship Association of N.C. "That's very good news."

Yang attended a May 9 meeting with Durham leaders as a representative of the Asian-American business community to express concerns about thieves targeting of Asian-Americans in the Triangle.

"We want to thank police for the great job they are doing,” Yang said. “And we want to tell them, keep doing it – until the problem is completely solved.”

Bradford, Bradley, Daniels and Cox are all charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted first-degree burglary and seven counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle.

“We are very grateful for the outstanding work done by our homicide investigators and other departmental staff and for the assistance from the community which helped us in making this arrest,” said Deputy Chief Anthony Marsh Sr.

Police had already arrested Maurice Owen Wiley Jr., 28, on April 27, in the case. Upon his arrest, he was also charged in two incidents of alleged domestic violence.

In a 2017 incident in Durham,, Wiley was charged with assault on a female, communicating threats, assault by pointing a gun, assault in the presence of a minor and misdemeanor larceny.

In a March incident in Wake County, Wiley was charged with strangulation.

Wiley was previously convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping. He was incarcerated for over four years between his 2008 conviction date and his release in 2013.

Bradford was convicted of assault inflicting serious injury in June of 2017. He was sentenced to one year probation.

All five suspects are being held in the Durham County jail without bail.

Police say this remains an active case and ask that anyone with information contact investigators at 919-560-4440, ext. 29284 or Crimestoppers ar 919-683-1200.

Durham Police announced that Maurice Owen Wiley was arrested on murder and related charges for the killing of Hong Zheng during a press conference held Friday, April 27, 2018. . Zheng was killed on April 15.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks
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