Third suspect jailed in Craigslist killing

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The sheriff’s office has arrested the third suspect in the Nov. 29 ambush that left a grandfather injured and his grandson dead.

Christopher Jermaine Reaves Jr., 22, was arrested Thursday night on charges of murder, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and opiates. He is being held under no bond, according to jail reports and warrants.

Tristan Stavee, 23, and George Stump, 73, were shot around 9 p.m. when they met Mark Anthony Nelson, Tameka Ford and Reaves at a church on Sellerstown Road. Stump, a used car dealer, contacted the suspects after they advertised a red Camaro on Craigslist.

Stump was found in his vehicle, shot in the head. Stavee was found dead nearby.

The two Hope Mills men were shot with an unspecified handgun and robbed of $4,000, according to the warrants.

On Dec. 2, Nelson, 24, was taken into custody at his home at 207 Queen St., Tabor City. He was   charged with murder, attempted first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and  possession of a firearm by a felon. Nelson was held under no bond.

Ford, 29, of 24512 Peacock Road, was arrested Dec. 4 at the sheriff’s office.  She was charged with was   charged with murder, attempted first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and failure to appear on a misdemeanor. Ford received a $1,250,500 secured bond.    

The investigation is continuing.

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