Second man in custody; two others being sought
SALISBURY — A pair of Statesville men were arrested Friday night and charged in connection with the shooting of Marcus “Marco” Kauffman Monday in western Rowan County.
Two other men are still at large.
The Criminal Investigative Unit of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said Jaylend Daquann Turner, 19, of 651 Old Salisbury Road, Statesville, has been charged with attempted murder, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny of a firearm and felony larceny.
He was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center Friday night under $3 million bond.
Michael Dwayne Teasley, 25, of 944 Connor St., Statesville, is charged with accessory after the fact, a felony. He was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under $500,000 bond.
A third suspect, Khari Dewayne McClelland, 23, of 212 Highland Point Ave., Harmony, remains at large.
Authorities have an additional outstanding warrant for a fourth suspect, Tramel Devon Hart, 18, also of 212 Highland Point Ave., Harmony.
The men are considered armed and dangerous, and anyone knowing their location should call 911 immediately.
McClelland, who had been identified earlier in the week as a suspect, faces charges of attempted murder, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and felony larceny of a firearm.
Hart is wanted for accessory after the fact, a felony. The Sheriff’s Office does not have an available photograph of Hart.
In a press release Friday night, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said investigators continue working with several other law enforcement agencies on the case.
Monday’s home break-in and shooting happened at Kauffman’s home at 4270 Chenault Road.
A media briefing is planned for 11 Monday morning, and investigators said no other details would be shared until then.
Anyone with information on this case is being asked to contact Staff Sgt. Jason Owens at 704-216-8683 or 1st Lt. Chad Moose at 704-216-8687.
Earlier, Rowan County investigators recovered a stolen computer belonging to Kauffman by GPS tracking in the laptop, a search warrant said.
The warrant said Kauffman was shot from outside his car and the back window was broken out. Across the road from the Chenault Road home, detectives recovered six spent .45-caliber shell casings that appeared to have been recently fired, the warrant said.
Kauffman owned a Glock .45-caliber handgun, an affidavit said.
Investigators have not said what type of gun was used in the shooting.
Another warrant said the handgun had been stolen during the break-in, along with the laptop, a desktop computer and a videogame system.
A friend of Kauffman’s was able to log onto the stolen laptop computer’s account on Tuesday. The friend found the laptop had a GPS locator, which he activated.
The locator showed the computer was in an area of Connor Street near Buffalo Shoals Road in Statesville.
Teasley, one of the men arrested Friday night, lives on Connor Street.
The tracking device showed the computer was being used and the name had been changed to “Jackson’s Mac Book,” the warrant said. The friend told law enforcement what he’d found.
On Wednesday, detectives went to Statesville and to a home and located the laptop. Officials spoke with a man at the home who said he bought the laptop from an “unknown black male” for $200 on Monday night.
The man told investigators when he got the computer, the password and access code had been changed.
Kauffman, 25, remains hospitalized.
He and his wife, Maryann, were returning home about 10 a.m. Monday when they discovered a blue car parked with the hood up near their home on Chenault Road. A black male was standing beside the car.
Kauffman was uneasy about the situation and drove his wife to a neighbor’s house. Maryann said she heard a series of gunshots and the vehicle they’d just seen speed past the neighbor’s house.
Kauffman was on the phone with 911 dispatchers telling them someone was taking his belongings from his house and then the call abruptly ended.
Kauffman was found inside his car at the end of a nearby corn field, with a bullet wound to his head. His car had hit a tree.
Investigators began a search for McClelland after members of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division located the vehicle connected to the shooting in Alexander County.
Kauffman’s family has continued to provide updates on his condition via a Facebook page, “Praying for Marco.”
His condition has fluctuated in the days after the shooting. His family said Friday afternoon that Kauffman’s blood pressure and heart rate have returned to normal.
Earlier in the day, the hospital changed to a different type of ventilator to help open his lungs, and he seemed to be responding to that course of treatment.
He also possibly has pneumonia, and doctors have started treating him with an antibiotic.
Before Friday, detectives had not identified a second suspect who was in the greenish-blue 1995 Saturn two-door coupe with McClelland.
They continue searching for more stolen property from the Kauffmans’ residence.
McClelland is known to frequent Statesville, Mooresville and Hickory.