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Durham NC incorrectly charge wrong man with murder

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Durham Police have arrested a new suspect for the murder of Tyler Young. Marcus Keith Anthony Woods is accused of murder and is a non-sworn employee of the Durham Police Department.

The Durham District Attorney dropped murder charges against a man accused of fatally shooting another man after Durham Police learned he wasn’t a suspect in the crime after all.

Instead, police have arrested one of their own employees and charged him with the murder.

Durham Police said Thursday that Marcus Keith Anthony Woods, 27, of Durham is charged with the murder of 25-year-old Tyler Young. He is a non-sworn employee of the Durham Police Department, according to a news release.

On Nov. 22, Young was shot near the 300 block of Gary Street in Durham. After police responded about 11:45 p.m., he was transferred to the hospital, but later died of his injuries.

The same day, police arrested Kenneth Dewayne Cates, 51, for the murder, based on “an independent eyewitness investigation,” police said Thursday. However, police soon learned that Cates “was not in fact the suspect in the homicide,” according to a release.

“Upon realization that Mr. Cates was not in fact going to be the suspect, investigators proactively contacted the Durham County District Attorney’s Office to have the charges dismissed and Mr. Cates released from jail,” a statement from police said.

Police said he was released from the Durham County Jail within 24 hours of his arrest.

One week later, on Nov. 30, Woods was taken into custody and charged with Young’s murder.

Durham Police have not yet specified Woods’ role in the department or his current employment status. WRAL reports Woods works as a procurement technician who assists with office supplies.

This story was originally published December 1, 2022 5:47 PM.

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Colleen Hammond is a recent graduate of Duquesne University from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has previously covered breaking news, local government, the COVID-19 pandemic and racial issues for the Pittsburgh City Paper and Pittsburgh Tribune Review.



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