Wake Co. DA rules out bullet hole as new evidence in Denkins’ case

Akiel Denkins
Akiel Denkins (Courtesy: Denkins family)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Saturday morning, Wake County District Attorney (DA) Lorrin Freeman dismissed claims from the attorney for the Akiel Denkins family that a bullet hole recently discovered should be considered as evidence.

In a statement obtained by CBS North Carolina, Freeman said, ” After examination, investigators concluded the evidence tended to show the hole was not related to this incident.”

Freeman also added that further information on this recently discovered bullet hole, as well as the entire investigation, will be revealed in a full report to be released later.

In late February, Denkins, 24, was shot and killed by 29-year-old Senior Officer D.C. Twiddy. Raleigh Police Department says Twiddy tried to arrest Denkins on a felony drug charge.

Friday, a lawyer for the family alleged that a previously unnoticed bullet hole was found at the side of the house where Denkins was killed. Volunteers working with the family say while canvassing the neighborhood they found it near the area of Bragg Street. Officers returned to the scene to investigate and were unclear as to whether the bullet hole was related to the shooting.

“As with this reported potential evidence, we will continue to review any leads provided to us in an effort to reach a complete and truthful understanding of what happened in leading to the tragic death of Mr. Denkins,” the DA said.

Investigators with the State Bureau of Investigation and the City County Bureau of Investigation conducted the additional examination of the volunteers’ findings.

Read the full statement below:

“Based on information provided by attorneys for Mr. Akiel Denkins’ family, investigators with the State Bureau of Investigation and the City County Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene of the fatal police shooting of Mr. Denkins to investigate what had been identified by an independent investigator to be a possible bullet hole.  After examination, investigators concluded the evidence tended to show the hole was not related to this incident.  Complete documentation of this analysis including photographs and interviews with the residents of the home will be included and forwarded to our office as part of the full investigation.  As with this reported potential evidence, we will continue to review any leads provided to us in an effort to reach a complete and truthful understanding of what happened in leading to the tragic death of Mr. Denkins.  We appreciate the public’s continued patience as we work through this process.”

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