Second arrest made in Bragg Street double homicide in Greensboro

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Police on the scene of the Bragg Street double homicide on Dec. 2. (WGHP)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A second teen has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of two men on Bragg Street on Dec. 2.

Elijah Naitron Valentin, 19, was taken into custody without incident by officials from the Federal Bureau Investigation on Dec. 24 at a relative’s home in Cobb County, Ga., Greensboro police said.

Valentin is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the homicides of Ernest Lemark Cuthbertson, 23, and Jeffrey Devine Hampton, 44.

Greensboro police said Valentin’s arrest is the result of an extensive joint investigation involving the FBI, local law enforcement officials from Georgia and the Greensboro Police Department. He is currently being held in Cobb County Jail in Marietta pending extradition back to North Carolina.

Valentin was an acquaintance of Ernest Cuthbertson, according to a Greensboro police news release. Valentin had no previous contact or encounters with the second homicide victim, the news release said.

Chauncey Jamal Slade, 17, of Greensboro, was the first teen arrested in connection the double homicide. He was served two warrants for first-degree murder on Dec. 18 while confined in the High Point Jail for stealing property from several automobiles three days earlier. He is also charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling for the Dec. 2 incident.

At approximately 11 p.m. the night of the shooting, Greensboro police officers were in the Ray Warren neighborhood on an unrelated call when they heard shots fired. Upon locating the crime scene near 1008 E. Bragg St., they found Cuthbertson fatally shot. Hampton was also shot in the incident. He was transported to Moses Cone Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Greensboro police said detectives have learned that the shooting followed a dispute among Slade, Cuthbertson, Hampton and others. The nature of the dispute, along with any motive for the shooting, remains unclear. Police have determined that Slade knew Cuthbertson before the shooting.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous, and may result in a reward up to $2,000.

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