Crime & Courts

Catawba grand jury indicts 3 on murder charges

Tevin Jerome Davis
Tevin Jerome Davis Catawba County Detention Center

A Catawba County grand jury has indicted three men on murder charges in two unrelated cases, District Attorney David Learner said in a statement.

Tevin Jerome Davis, 23, of Statesville, and DeMarcus Kashaun Pollard, 23, of Hickory, were indicted in the June 1 shooting death of Lancelot Kenyatta Ellison.

Ellison was killed on Eighth Avenue Drive S.E. near N.C. 127 in Hickory. A handgun and gold chain had been stolen from the victim, WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, reported.

Davis also was indicted on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of second-degree kidnapping. He turned himself in to Hickory police June 4.

Pollard was arrested June 11 by Hickory police.

The other slaying happened on June 6 about 175 yards from the June 1 shooting, authorities said. Despite the proximity, authorities said the two cases were not related.

In the June 6 case, Jamar Franklin Robinson, 24, of Conover, was indicted in the shooting death of Octavis Sentex Geter, 23. Geter was found lying on the road on Second Street N.E. near N.C. 127 in the Kenworth area of Hickory around 2 a.m.

He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

Robinson turned himself in to Hickory police on June 9.

All three suspects are being held in the Catawba County Detention Center without bond, and were each assigned attorneys from the Office of the Capital Defender.

They are scheduled to have their next court appearances in early August.

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