Three men charged in teen’s death

By Abbi Overfelt

January 23, 2014

LAURINBURG — Police have charged three Laurinburg men with a Saturday drive-by shooting that left 15-year-old Amming Tyrek Harrison dead and 17-year-old Dyrek McDonald injured.

Eddie Frank McLaurin III, 20, of 312 Carver St., Apt. H; Shaquille Juwan Deberry, 21, of 19500 Lauchwood Lane; and Johnny Devante Williams, 20, of 19100 Blakely Road have each been charged with murder, according to Police Capt. Terry Chavis.

Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms said the degrees of the charges will be determined by staff of the Scotland County District Attorney’s Office.

The men also face charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and felony conspiracy, Police Chief Darwin Williams said. Charges of vandalism will be filed for a vehicle that was hit by several bullets.

Harrison was struck multiple times by bullets fired from a white Lincoln in which McLaurin, Deberry and Williams were riding as he was walking with three others, including McDonald, down Maple Street at 9:24 p.m. Saturday, Williams said. McDonald was struck in the leg by a bullet but he and the other two men fled from the scene.

McDonald was treated for his injuries at Scotland Memorial Hospital after officers were able to locate him on Sunday, and was later turned over to the Maxton Police Department for outstanding warrants in Robeson County.

Williams said a motive for the shooting was unclear, but he thinks the men knew each other.

He credited the arrests to “countless hours” put in by the police and sheriff’s department, as well as assistance from local residents and help from the district attorney’s office.

“We can not just sit back and allow senseless killings to take place,” he said.

Sessoms said the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed. Anyone with information can call the Laurinburg Police Department at 910-276-3211.

McLaurin has previously faced charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a minor. Deberry has faced charges of assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession and Williams has previously been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and assault.

Abbi Overfelt can be reached at 910-276-2311, ext. 12.