Suspect in drum major's murder tries to jump out of high-rise building as police close in

Source: Massachusetts State Police; MEGA

Aug. 11 2021, Published 5:20 p.m. ET

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As police closed in to arrest the suspect in the murder of a drum major, the perp tried to flee out the window — of a 5th-story apartment.

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According to the Massachusetts State Police, 29-year-old Marcus Walton was taken into custody on Aug. 10 and charged in connection to the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Charlie Cook Debnam in North Carolina on July 31.

The victim was a Raleigh, North Carolina Helping Hand Mission volunteer who was reportedly crossing a street to buy a Gatorade when he was caught in the crossfire between two cars shooting at each other, according to WRAL.

Debnam was also a drum major known for his performances in the Raleigh Christmas parade.

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Debnam was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died from his injuries, Raleigh police reported.


Officers identified Walton as a suspect in the murder, but it wasn't until the next week police had an idea of his location. Massachusetts State Police announced that they received a report on Aug. 6 that Walton was hiding out in a Revere, Massachusetts.

According to the authorities, Walton tried to jump out the 5th-floor apartment window after police converged on the apartment building.

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Walton was ultimately convinced to climb back inside and surrender himself to the authorities, according to police.

According to Raleigh police, Walton has since been booked into the State Police-Revere Barracks in Massachusetts until authorities can extradite him to North Carolina to face murder charges.


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