Lillington man charged with murder

May. 31, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

A Lillington man arrested and charged with murder Tuesday in Greensboro was in custody in the Lee County Jail as of Thursday.

Decarlos Donta Cherry, 20, faces a single charge of murder related to an April shooting in Sanford, according to the Sanford Police Department.

Benjamin Shelvin Jr., a 28-year-old Spring Lake resident, was shot in the chest at around 10:30 p.m. April 11 on Dudley Avenue in Sanford, and he later died at Central Carolina Hospital. According to Cherry’s arrest report, a warrant for his arrest was issued four days later on April 15.

On Tuesday, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department told local authorities they had him in custody, and Sanford Police Department detectives transported him to Lee County, where he’s being held without bail, according to a police press release sent Thursday.

It’s unclear why Cherry, who lives in the 400 block of Moores Chapel Road in Lillington, was in Greensboro. It’s also unclear whether he was caught by authorities or turned himself in. Sanford Police officials couldn’t be reached for clarification.

The 20-year-old Cherry has a criminal history dating back years, including a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in 2010, for which he was serving probation when he allegedly murdered Shelvin. He also now has charges pending from a separate case, including possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of schedule VI narcotics with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His next court date for those charges is scheduled for November, but he’ll be in court in mid-June for the murder charge. Records at the Lee County Courthouse indicated that he didn’t have a lawyer as of Thursday afternoon.