Durham man accused of killing girlfriend denied bond

Larico Dunn
Larico Dunn

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A judge denied bond Tuesday for a man accused of shooting his girlfriend to death at a Durham apartment complex.

Erika Downey (Photo courtesy of family)
Erika Downey (Photo courtesy of family)

“If you are convicted of the charge of murder in the first degree, punishment in this state is penalty death or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole,” said Durham District Court Judge William Marsh III told Larico Dunn, 24. “Given those circumstances, no bond will be afforded.”

Dunn’s girlfriend, Erika Downey, 25, was killed and another woman was wounded in a shooting about 2 a.m. Monday at Lynnhaven Apartments in the 900 block of Wadesboro Street.

Dunn was arrested yesterday during a traffic stop on Interstate 85 in Granville County, officials said.

In addition to the murder charge, Dunn is facing charges stemming from an August incident also involving Downey.

“He’s charged with assault on a female, alleging that he assaulted Erika Downey by biting her on the arms, hands, fingers and face, and by punching her in the face and stomach,” Assistant District Attorney Adam Williamson said in court. “He was charged with felony assault by strangulation, alleging that he did assault Erika Downey and inflict physical injury, causing her not to be able to breath by strangulation, placing his hands around her neck and squeezing.”

Downey’s family and friends were not present at Tuesday’s hearing.

Her parents, Wanda and Larry, spoke to CBS North Carolina Monday and said they are wondering what provoked someone to shoot and kill her.

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“I received a phone call from her girlfriend, screaming and crying telling me that Erika had been shot and that she didn’t think she was breathing,” Wanda Downey said. “One of the worst feelings I’ve had in my life.”

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