Crime

Greenville man charged with killing of former ECU football player

RALEIGH - A Greenville man is charged with the killing of a former ECU football player outside a Bahama Breeze in Raleigh in June.

Ashanti Bennett turned himself into police Monday night and is charged with an open count of murder in the killing of Domonique Lennon, according to Raleigh Police. Four other individuals were previously arrested on charges ranging from accessory to murder to hindering law enforcement.

Bennett is being held in the Wake County Detention Center on no bond. He makes his first court appearance Tuesday morning in downtown Raleigh.

Lennon, 24, was a defensive back for the Pirates between 2011 and 2014.

Bennett was first named publicly in the case late last month when two other suspects, Clifton Spellman, of Greenville, and Wantavius Jackson, of Kinston, were arrested.

The News & Observer in Raleigh obtained the charges against Jackson and Spellman -- both of whom were charged with accessory to murder -- and found that Bennett and another man, Jamar Allen, were named as part of the conspiracy.

Allen is booked into the Wake County Detention Center following an arrest last Friday. He also faces felony conspiracy charges and his bond is set at $1 million. RPD said Allen was arrested in Charlotte before being transferred to Wake County to face the charges against him.

The fifth person arrested in the case, Stephanie Owens, is accused of making false statements to police and is charged as an accessory after the fact. She is being held at the Wake County Detention Center on $500,000 bond.


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