Seventh person charged in Wake County murder

Alfredo Acosta

August 20, 2011 8:07:16 AM PDT
The Wake County Sheriff's Office has arrested a seventh person in a July murder.

Deputies charged 21-year-old Alfredo Acosta of Ruby Drive in Durham in the death of 44-year-old Santiago Hernandez-Arredondo.

Hernandez-Arredondo was found shot and killed inside a home in the 4000 block of Durham Road on July 17.

Acosta is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Bond was set at over $1 million.

Last week, deputies charged 16-year-old Chris Alexander Reina of Durham with accessory after the fact to murder and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Two weeks before Reina's arrest, authorities arrested 18-year-old Erik Alejandro Acosta and charged him with accessory after the fact in connection with Hernandez-Arredondo's death.

Just days after Hernandez-Arredondo's death, detectives charged 18-year-old Pedro Tur Fernandez with murder and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was jailed with no bond.

Fernandez's stepfather, Tirso Mondragon-Cuevas, 43, and Fernandez's uncle Rene Mendoza Lopez, 30, also were charged with conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and accessory after the fact to murder. They were jailed under a $1.5 million bond.

Twenty-year-old Miguel Antonio Meza-Rodriguez of Durham was also charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was held without bond.

Authorities have not released a motive for the shooting or how the suspects may have known the victim.

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