Man arrested in 2009 murder extradited to NC

Tobijah Nelson

July 25, 2012 7:18:01 AM PDT
A man arrested in connection with the 2009 murder of a soldier in Spring Lake is back in Cumberland County.

Tobijah Nelson was returned to the Cumberland County Detention Center late Tuesday night, after U.S. Marshals and Cumberland County homicide detectives arrested him in New York earlier this month.

Nelson is charged with accessory after the fact in the 2009 murder case.

Police said on March 29, 2009, Nelson and Demar Bryan were at the Ikola Jamaican Lounge in Spring Lake when an argument broke out outside the club between Bryan and a woman.

Authorities said 27-year-old Charles Clemens intervened by defending the woman and was later shot to death while he was on the dance floor inside the club. His friend, 26-year-old Arthur Mwebe was also injured, but survived the shooting.

Clemens was based at Fort Hood, Texas, and was home on leave from Afghanistan when he was killed.

Bryan was arrested several months later by homicide detectives in Seabring, Florida and was extradited back to Cumberland County.

Meanwhile, Nelson is being held under $100,000 bond and ICE detainer. He is scheduled to make a first court appearance Wednesday.

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