Second Suspect Charged In Clayton Murder

Antoine Dwayne Spates

Clayton Police have charged a second suspect in the first degree murder of an Apex man.

39-year-old Antoine Dwayne Spates of Jacksonville was arrested and charged with murder in Friday’s shooting death of Darrius Lassiter.  He also faces a charge of conspiracy to traffic marijuana. Spates is being held without bond at the Johnston County jail.

Spates was brought in for questioning late Sunday night in connection with the incident that started on Hobbs Street off Highway 70 in Clayton last Thursday, Dec. 12th.   That incident ended with Lassiter being shot in the chest, driving off and crashing near a gas station on Highway 70 at Powhatan Road.

Hours after the man’s death, Clayton Police arrested 18-year-old Jairus Leshon Anderson of Raleigh and charged him with homicide and marijuana trafficking.  He is also being held without privilege of bail in the Johnston County Jail.

A third person, a female juvenile, is being held in protective custody and charges are pending.