Police arrest Durham twins in former ECU basketball player’s murder

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham police have arrested 26-year-old twins in the shooting death of a former East Carolina University basketball player early Thursday morning in the 400 block of East Piedmont Avenue.

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Ari and Jordan Shlasinger have been charged in Turner’s death. The twins are both facing murder charges.

They were brought before a magistrate Thursday and were denied bond.

Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of East Piedmont Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they found a man lying in the yard suffering from a gunshot wound.

Police identified the victim as Christopher Alexander Turner, 27, of Durham. Turner was a former basketball player at ECU.

Turner was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

Turner’s step-brother told CBS North Carolina that Turner had just been released from prison after serving 18 months. He said that the shooting was not gang-related, but payback for a 2013 robbery.

“He ain’t deserve that,” Kellen Corley, Turner’s stepbrother. “Killed that man for nothing.”

Turner was shot three times, twice in the chest and once in the back, according to the step-brother.

Turner, who Durham native who was a basketball standout at Northern Durham High, played in 10 games for East Carolina in the 2009-10 season, averaging 4.3 points.

“He was just a good guy,” said Cindy Kane, a family member. “He was a real good kid.”

Ari and Jordan Shlasinger’s next court date is May 5.

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