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Third arrest in November Sellers Town Road murder, shootings


     A third arrest has been made in a November 2020 church yard shooting that left a Cumberland County man dead, his grandfather critically injured.

     Christopher Jermaine Reaves, Jr., 22, was arrested Thursday night on East Institute Street in Chadbourn, and jailed without bond at the Columbus County Detention Center, jail records show.

     Reaves was charged with murder, attempted first degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault with intent to kill inflicting serious bodily injury, warrants obtained by Det. Paul Rockenback of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office show.

     Reaves is charged in the Nov. 29, 2020 murder of Tristan Lavonne Stavee, 23, and the shooting of Stavee’s grandfather, George Cleveland Stump Sr., 73, in a Sellers Town Road church yard just off of US 701 between Tabor City and Whiteville, those warrants said.

     Reaves allegedly took $4,000 from Stump during the incident.

     Also facing the same charges in the case, arrested last December, are Mark Anthony Nelson, 24, of Queen Street home in Tabor City, and Tamika Shatavia Ford, 29, of Peacock Road, Tabor City.

     Nelson was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, a .40 caliber handgun.

     Both Stavee and Stump were from Hope Mills, and were in Columbus County answering a Craigslist ad involving the sale of a vehicle.

     Reaves was also charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver and sell schedule 2 and schedule 4 controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia, those warrants apparently unrelated to the murder, assault and robbery arrests.

     Look for more on this story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.