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Adult, teen charged in murders of couple and young son


     An adult and a juvenile have been charged in the murder of a Whiteville area couple and their young son last September, a North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation news release said Wednesday afternoon.

     Arrests were made by the SBI and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office on Monday and Tuesday in the ongoing investigation into the Sept. 7, 2019 slayings of Leonel Ciprian Noyola, 29, his wife Nancy Trujillo Espinoza, 25, and their five-year-old son Alexis Ciprian Trujillo. All three were shot to death inside their Brittany Lane home near Whiteville.

     The boys’ grandmother, Rafaela Noyola Jaramillo, was also shot, but survived.

     Charged this week were Prentis Deshawne McDuffie, 30, also known as Chopper; and a 17-year-old who was not identified. State law changed last December, classifying those younger than 18 as juveniles. Previously that age had been 16.

     Both were charged with three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, three counts of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, larceny of a motor vehicle, and possession of stolen goods.

     McDuffie, arrested Tuesday, was held at the Columbus County Detention Center without bond.

     The juvenile, arrested Monday, was booked at the Detention Center under a $450,000 bond, the bail increased to $5.4 million following a first appearance hearing Tuesday.

     The juvenile has been moved to a different detention facility, the news release said.

     Look for updates here as events warrant, and more on this story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.