Winston-Salem man charged in fatal shooting previously convicted in 1993 murder

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Anthony Ordell Abran and Sierras Deshan Cobb

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man charged with first-degree murder in a killing last week was convicted of murder as a teen and spent 16 years in prison, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The killings were 21 years apart but occurred less than a mile from each other.

Anthony Ordell Abran, 37,  was arrested last week and charged in the shooting death of 26-year-old Delmorio Lamontae Blockson.

A second man, Sierras Deshan Cobb, 39, was charged late Monday night in connection to the fatal shooting.

Cobb was charged with accessory after the fact to murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after authorities seized a weapon from him during his arrest.

Police found Blockson deceased inside a vehicle on the 1600 block of East 25th Street at 3:19 a.m. last week.

In October 1993, when Abran was 15, he and two other people – his brother, Antonio Abrams, who was 17, and DePaul “Pop-Up” Peoples, who was 23, broke into a house in the 2800 block of Manchester Street, the Journal reported at the time.

The three beat Van Mustoffa Johnson, 28, who was on crutches, in front of his girlfriend and two children, then shot him to death. The children were 8 and 2.

Read more: Winston-Salem Journal