4 charged in teen’s Chapel Hill murder appear in court; one family confident

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Dressed in orange jumpsuits and handcuffs, four of the five people suspected in the murder of 18-year-old Malik Brown in Chapel Hill Tuesday made their first appearance in court Thursday.

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Laquida Shuntae Poston, 26, of Shelby, North Carolina stood before the judge with tears in her eyes as she listened to the charges against her – first-degree murder, attempted murder common law, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery common law, and accessory after the fact.

Those same charges face Jalen Raekwon Hackney, 18, of Burlington, North Carolina, Thomas Oliver, 30, of Gastonia, North Carolina and Renaire Lewis II, 22, of Shelby, North Carolina.

Lewis’ family was in court.

“I was calm,” said Charlene Bess, Lewis’ mother. “I know that everything is going to work out and I just really hope to get him home soon.”

Bess told CBS North Carolina that her son called while police were questioning him.

“He said, ‘Mom I’m being detained. I didn’t do anything wrong. The police are asking questions,'” she said. “I told him where are you, his location, and I came straight here.”

Bess said her son made a bad decision to be around the wrong people and that she’s going to fight for his justice until the very end.

“My heart does go out to the mother who did lose her son and the people who are injured,” she said. “But I can’t speak for them, I’m here for my son and I support him 100 percent.”

The four are being held in jail without bond. Their next court date is Aug. 15.

The fifth and final suspect – Denzel Lamont Spikes, 23 – was arrested without incident in Lexington, South Carolina Thursday. Local police say they could be driving down as soon as tomorrow to pick up Spikes.

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