Man in soldier murder extradited

June 16, 2009 8:47:34 PM PDT
A man wanted in the murder of a soldier who had recently returned from Afghanistan has been extradited to North Carolina.Demar Bryan, 22, was captured after a routine traffic stop in Sebring, Florida.

Cumberland County detectives say he shot and killed 27-year-old Charles Clements inside the Jamaican Lounge in Spring Lake on March 29. Clements' friend, 26-year-old Arthur Mwebe, was seriously wounded in the attack.

Clements was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas. He was visiting Mwebe who is assigned to Fort Bragg.

A sheriff's office spokesperson says it's believed Bryan was trying to escape to Jamaica when he was caught. Bryan had a North Carolina driver’s license identifying him as "Ladez Jones" and a passport with the assumed identity of "Omar Jackson."

"When the police officer started looking at identification something didn't add up, because this suspect had three different names and could not explain where those names came from," Cumberland County Sheriff's Department Spokesperson Debbie Tanna said.

Detectives say Bryan is a known drug dealer. But, they say neither Clements or Mwebe knew Bryan prior to the shooting and were not involved in any drug activity with him.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Bryan was processed on several felony charges including first-degree murder. He's jailed under no bond at the Cumberland Detention Center. He will make his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.


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