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Three murder cases due for updates

LOUISBURG -- Prosecutors and attorneys are slated to update three murder cases dating back to the summer of 2017.

Authorities arrested Adam Jake Helms in August 2017, alleging he was responsible for shooting his father, Loy Helms, in the head and killing him.

The morning of Sept. 5, 2017, Charles Devante Perry-Pender surrendered to authorities and he was charged with killing Montral Kearney outside a Franklinton home the afternoon before.

Authorities said Perry-Pender shot Kearney just moments after Kearney, 28, shot and killed Demarius Barnes in the yard of the same apartment home.

The 17-year-old Barnes, a student at Franklinton High School, died at the scene.

Kearney died on his way to the hospital, but revealed the shooter's identity before passing.

Ricky Barlow Weese Jr. was arrested in September 2017 and charged with second degree murder and intentional child abuse inflicting serious physical injury for his role in a March 11, 2017 incident that resulted in the death of his 8-week-old daughter.

Each case has been pending in superior court and a status hearing is scheduled for all three cases on July 8.

There is a possibility that a resolution could be reached in any of the cases, but that information was not available prior to press time.

While all three cases have been pending for various reasons, the Helms case has had the most twists.

Charles Draughn withdrew as his attorney because of a fractured attorney-client relationship, which was revealed in court.

Helms got a new attorney, Mary Jude Darrow, who had her client submit to a psychological evaluation. It was not clear before press time if that evaluation had been completed.

The status conferences are slated to be heard in Franklin County Superior Court July 8.


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