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Fourth suspect in Rowan County shooting in custody

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    Rowan County Sheriff’s Office -
    Tramel Devon Hart
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    Rowan County Sheriff’s Office -
    Jaylend Daquann Turner
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    Rowan County Sheriff’s Office -
    Michael Dwayne Teasley
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    Rowan County Sheriff’s Office -
    Khari McClelland

The fourth suspect in the shooting of a Rowan County man during a burglary earlier this month has turned himself in, according to authorities.

Tramel Devon Hart, 18, of Harmony has been charged with accessory after the fact. He turned himself in to the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office on Thursday night and was being held under a $500,000 secured bond.

Hart is the fourth suspect to be arrested in connection with the Dec. 2 shooting of 25-year-old Marcus Kauffman, who remains in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center, where he is being treated for a gunshot wound to the head.

Kauffman and his wife, Maryann, were returning to their home on Chenault Drive in the western part of Rowan County after a Thanksgiving weekend trip. They saw a car stopped near their house, so Kauffman dropped off his wife at a neighbor’s home.

He went to his house and was shot. Arrest warrants accuse one of the suspects of taking computers, a game console and a handgun from Kauffman’s home.

A .45-caliber Glock was recovered at a home in Iredell County, investigators announced Monday. They plan to do forensics tests to determine whether it’s the same gun used to shoot Kauffman.

Khari Dewayne McClelland, 23, of Harmony in northern Iredell County was arrested in Catawba County, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said.

McClelland was wanted on charges of attempted murder, larceny of a firearm, breaking and entering, and larceny. The Rowan Sheriff’s Office said McClelland was returned to Rowan County late Tuesday and jailed under a $5 million bond.

Investigators previously said they believed McClelland was one of the two men thought to have been burglarizing Kauffman’s home Dec. 2 when the volunteer firefighter confronted the men.

Two of four men wanted in the case were arrested Saturday: Jaylend Daquann Turner, 19, and Michael Swayne Teasley, 25. Both are from Statesville.

Turner was arrested on the same charges as McClelland. Teasley has been charged with accessory after the fact.

Friends and family of Marcus Kauffman say he continues to battle complications from the shooting, including brain swelling.

A fund has been established to help pay for Kauffman’s medical bills.

Donations should be made payable to “Cleveland Believers Fellowship” and sent to Cleveland Believers Fellowship, 3700 South River Church Road, Woodleaf, NC 27054. Mark “Benevolence” in the memo field.

Observer staff writers Elisabeth Arriero, Steve Lyttle, Lindsay Ruebens and Cleve Wootson contributed.

Trenda: 704-358-5089; Twitter: @htrenda
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