Three juveniles charged in Durham murder

Justino Navarette Maya (Image courtesy Durham Police Department)
December 29, 2012 5:48:02 PM PST
Police said Saturday they have charged three young people in the murder of a 35-year-old man.

Investigators said the alleged victim - Johnny Danilo Villatoro, of South Woodcrest Street - was shot to death during a carjacking just before 7 p.m. in the 2900 block of Firth Street.

Justino Navarette Maya, 16, of 311 South LaSalle Street, a 14-year-old girl, and a 12-year-old girl are accused in the killing.

Detectives said the trio first encountered Villatoro on Avondale Drive Friday evening and asked him for a ride. He drove them to Firth Street where the carjacking and shooting occurred. Villatoro apparently did not know the three.

Police said the 12-year-old girl managed to shoot herself in the leg and stomach while in Villatoro's SUV. Officers found the injured juvenile around 7:30 p.m. on Channing Court. They also located Villatoro’s stolen SUV behind an apartment building on Channing Court.

The juvenile has been released from the hospital and will face a murder charge.

Maya and the 14-year-old are already charged with murder. Maya was in the Durham County Jail. The girl was taken to a juvenile facility.

Police are looking for more information in the killing. Please call Investigator S.M. Pate at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29332 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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