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2 arrested after teen fatally shot at High Point motel in ‘drug deal gone bad’

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Two men are charged with first degree murder in connection to the death of a Davidson County teenager on Tuesday, according to High Point police.

The U.S. Marshal's Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Billy Ingram, 41, of High Point, and Brian Davis, 35, of High Point. They both appeared in Guilford County Court on Friday morning, where a judge ordered them to be held in jail with no bond.

Brandon Burrow, 18, was killed in a room at the Motel 6 on Cloverleaf Place in High Point. Police responded to the room around 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, where they found Burrow with a gunshot wound in the small of his back. He was taken to the hospital and died about 12 hours later.

The district attorney's office called the homicide a result of "a drug deal gone bad."

“There’s drugs and money involved, and the motive is robbery," Maj. Larry Casterline said.

Casterline said Davis called 911 after Burrow was shot, before he and Ingram ran off.

High Point police say surveillance video at the motel helped them identify Ingram. The district attorney's office says Ingram voluntarily came in for an interview and admitted he was at the Motel 6 at the time of Burrow's death.

The D.A.'s office says Ingram identified Davis as the second suspect seen in the surveillance video. Davis was served with multiple other warrants unrelated to the murder, including trafficking heroin, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, or distribute cocaine and heroin and resisting arrest. Davis also has multiple outstanding drug charges in Forsyth County.

A woman, who identified herself as Davis' aunt, addressed the court. She called Davis a drug addict and said, "It wasn't a drug deal gone bad. It was two people doing heroin in a hotel."

She went on to say Davis is a heroin addict but "is not a killer."

Casterline said most violent crimes in High Point, about 70 to 75 percent, are linked to drugs. He says the average person doesn't need to worry about violence showing up on their doorstep.

“In any given community, there’s a small number of people that drive the majority of the violence," Casterline said. "It has always been that way and there’s typically a drug nexus to it.”

But he says those who are involved need to know the consequences.

“Here’s what I can tell you: if you have friends or you have family members that you know are in the game, in the drug trade, then you are inviting violence to your doorstep. That’s just reality," Casterline said.

The D.A.'s office says both Ingram and Davis claimed the other one shot and killed Burrow.

The court will appoint public defenders out of the capitol defenders office to represent both Ingram and Davis.

They've been ordered to have no contact throughout the court process. They're both expected back in court on May 19.