2 suspects in broad daylight Durham courthouse shooting make first court appearance

Durham County News
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 DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — The two men accused of a shooting outside the Durham County courthouse Wednesday morning could each face more than 20 years in prison.

Both suspects were in court Thursday morning for their first appearances.

The two suspects, Equaan Straiter, 29, and Jordan Terrell, 25, both appeared in a courtroom set up in the Durham County Jail. The two men are accused of shooting a man multiple times in broad daylight outside the courthouse.

Police said the victim was shot as many as five times. He is in the hospital and being treated for serious injuries.

According to prosecutors, Terrell was due in court for charges of felony possession and resisting an officer when he and Straiter shot the man around 9:30 a.m.

The prosecutor also shed light on the fact that this isn’t the pair’s first go around with the law — Straiter and Terrell both have more than 10 prior convictions. Straiter actually served five years in prison for similar charges in the past, but his attorney argued that the past should remain just that.

“We don’t have any witnesses to speak on behalf of the state.  My client’s past is just that, his past. We’re here to talk about bond and these allegations which my client is entitled to the presumption of innocence your honor,” Straiter’s attorney said.

Both suspects each have $1 million bonds and are due back in court on April 25 for a probable cause hearing.

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