WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — Winston-Salem police have charged two men and a woman in connection to a Feb. 10 homicide, according to a Winston-Salem Police Department news release.

Winston-Salem police say they were called to an area hospital about an unresponsive man who had been shot on Feb. 10.

Darryl Wayne Smith, 56, of Winston-Salem, died of his injuries at the hospital.

Police believe he was shot somewhere around the 700 block of Jonestown Road and brought to the hospital by “known associates.”

700 Block of Jonestown Road
Aerial view of the 700 Block of Jonestown Road (Google Maps)

Detectives say they obtained a warrant for Melvin Lynn Pruitt, 46, for possession of a firearm by a felon on March 3.

Pruitt was arrested in Salisbury by the US Marshall’s Carolina Regional Fugitive Task Force at 11:20 a.m. on March 24.

He was taken to the Forsyth County Detention Center and served with the outstanding warrant.

He was given no bond and made his first court appearance on March 25. There is no photo of Pruitt available at this time.

Pruitt is currently being charged with the following:

  • One count of general murder
  • One count of robbery with a dangerous weapon
Shakeem Mohammad Jones, 28, of Winston-Salem (credit: Winston-Salem Police Department)
Shakeem Mohammad Jones, 28, of Winston-Salem (credit: Winston-Salem Police Department)

On Friday, Winston-Salem detectives charged Shakeem Mohmmad Jones, 28, of Salisbury, with the following:

  • One count of murder
  • One count of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon

At this time, Jones is in custody in the Rowan County Jail on charges unrelated to the death of Smith.

Those charges are:

  • Two counts of failure to appear or comply
  • One count of resisting, obstructing, delaying an officer (non-assault)
  • One count of driving while license revoked
  • One count of speeding
  • One count of hit and run property damage
  • One count of felony fleeing to elude
  • One count of failure to stop and yield at a flashing red light

Jones remains in custody in Rowan County with no bond and will appear in court on April 18.

Lakesha Sherelle Cowan, 30, of Salisbury
Lakesha Sherelle Cowan, 30, of Salisbury

On Monday, Lakesha Sherelle Cowan, 30, of Salisbury, was charged with murder and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Cowan was arrested and placed in the Forsyth County Jail with no bond.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at (336) 773-7700.