2nd suspect in custody following shooting death of Raleigh drum major

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A second person was arrested in connection with the July 31 shooting death of Charlie Debnam, Raleigh’s police chief announced Monday.

Chief Estella Patterson said Jerome Rayshawn Smith, 23, was arrested in Rocky Mount in connection with the shooting.

Court records show he was indicted by a grand jury on a murder charge.

He was processed at the Wake County Detention Center on Monday.

Charlie Cook Debnam, 31, spent July 31 packing donations and handing out fans at the Helping Hand Mission in Raleigh.

Previous coverage: Raleigh drum major shot, killed while doing volunteer work 

Just after 7:30 p.m. that night, police responded to a shooting in the 700 block of Rock Quarry Road. They arrived to find Debnam lying on the sidewalk. He was taken to the hospital and later died, police said.

Debnam was shot when he was caught in a shootout involving two cars, according to a 911 call released by officials. The caller said he heard multiple shots.

Police in Massachusetts captured a suspect in Debnam’s killing earlier in August in a city just north of Boston.

An investigative team developed learned that Marcus Walton, 29, was hiding out in a fifth-floor apartment at 770 Washington Ave. in Revere, Massachusetts.

Previous coverage: 911 caller: Man killed in Raleigh shooting was caught in middle of shootout 

As authorities arrived, Walton tried to jump from the fifth-story window.

Eventually, Walton was talked out of jumping.

He was taken into custody and will soon be extradited to Wake County on a murder charge, officials said.

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