Ahoskie murder suspect extradited to North Carolina


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – A suspect in an Ahoskie murder is now behind bars in North Carolina.

According to officials at Central Prison in Raleigh, Shakur Stephenson is listed as an inmate there. He arrived on Tuesday.

Stephenson is expected to answer to a first-degree murder charge and five attempted murder charges in Hertford County on August 30.

Previous Story 8/12/2016:

The extradition process is underway for a man accused of killing a store clerk in Hertford County.

Virginia police arrested Shakur Deandre Stephenson around 6:00 Thursday afternoon.

During a news conference Friday, Police Chief Tony Fitzhugh said it was a community effort to find Stephenson.

While he admits the situation is tragic, he said there is a silver lining.

“It brings the community together, I would hope,” Chief Fitzhugh said. “It’s just to let you know right here that we had a shooting on August the 3rd, and by august the 10th, we had him in custody. That shows a lot right there.”

When he returns to North Carolina, Stephenson will face first-degree murder charges in the August 3rd death of Lakiesha Sutton, as well as five attempted murder charges.

Original Story 8/4/2016:


Police are looking for two people connected to a deadly triple shooting in Hertford County.

A female clerk, identified as Lakiesha Sutton, was killed and two men were hurt in the shooting which happened around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Murphy Express on U.S. Highway 13 in Ahoskie.

For those who knew Sutton, they can’t figure out why someone would do this.

“Everyone is talking about it. Everybody on Facebook is saying, ‘Get well, pull through.’ They are saying that she came out of surgery good. So, prayers to her and her family,” said Carla Askew, who says she lives down the street from the clerk. “She’s not someone who gets in trouble. She keeps to herself. She don’t bother a lot of people. She comes to work and takes care of her kid.”

The two men are expected to survive.

Shakur Stephenson
Shakur Stephenson

Police have issued a first-degree murder warrant against Shakur Stephenson of Murfreesboro. He’s also wanted on five charges of felony attempted first-degree murder. His last known address was 104 Pine Street, Murfreesboro, N.C. He’s believed to be armed and dangerous.

Investigators are also looking for a person of interest in the case, Andre Taylor. It’s believed that he was in the suspect’s car at the time of the shooting.

Investigators haven’t given a motive for the shooting.

WAVY/Joe Fisher
WAVY/Joe Fisher

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