2 suspects ordered held without bail in killing of Sanderson High School graduate

Two men charged with killing an 18-year-old Sanderson High School graduate in August will be held without bail after their first court appearances Wednesday.

Elijah Ugochukwu Umelo, 18, and Roland Lacure, 44, are charged with murder in the death of Desmond Myles Jenkins, who was fatally shot Aug. 9 on Prince George Lane in North Raleigh.

Elijah Umelo

Police found Jenkins outside suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. A black Chevrolet Avalanche was seen in the area immediately after shots were heard.

Jenkins planned to attend Vance-Granville Community College, where basketball coach Gregory E. Ackles said in a tweet the day after the killing: “Please pray for the family of Desmond Jenkins and #vgcchoops. ... Just in disbelief.”

Umelo was arrested in Northeast Raleigh off North New Hope Road on Toccopola Street. He has a pending charge of felony carrying a concealed gun from July. He has been convicted of larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a handgun by a minor within the past year.

Roland Lacure Raleigh Police Department

Lacure was also arrested in Northeast Raleigh close to Capital Boulevard on Greens Dairy Road. An attorney argued for bail because Lacure has a stable job at Progress Energy and a girlfriend and children to take care of.

Lacure posted an ad on Facebook in March to sell parts of a Chevrolet Avalanche.

He was convicted of misdemeanor assault on a female in 2008 and sentenced to probation, according to the state Department of Correction website. He was also convicted for felony burglary in Texas in 1998, according to court records.

The News & Observer has asked police for any information they can release about the circumstances and a possible motive in Jenkins’ death.

The two suspects’ next court date is Oct. 30.

Staff writer Ashad Hajela contributed to this story.

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