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Four wanted in connection to Virginia murder arrested in Rowan County

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Darrius Artez Ellis

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By Shavonne Walker
shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Rowan authorities say they, along with assistance from other area law enforcement, have arrested four men wanted in connection to a Nov. 1 murder in Chesterfield County, Va.

Virginia detectives say a man was shot several times and killed on Galena Avenue in Virginia. He was later found dead in the roadway.

Chesterfield County Police detectives were able to trace the accused assailants to four men believed to be living in the Salisbury area.

Rowan County Sheriff’s Detective Chad Moose said one of the accused, Darrius Artez Ellis, told them he saw himself on television and made inquiries about it on Wednesday.

Ellis, 21, of the 3400 block of Hickory Place, Salisbury, was charged on a probation violation, fugitive from justice and murder. He remains in the Rowan County jail without bond.

Moose said Ellis was not cooperative, but with the help of other law enforcement agencies, including Virginia authorities, local detectives were able to develop three others as suspects.

The following also face murder charges and being a fugitive from justice: Daeshun Raquon Hargrave, 17, of the 800 block of Fifth Street, Spencer; Jamaria Shared Crawford, 17, of the 100 block of Hawkins Loop, Salisbury; and Najee Tariq Palmer, 18, of the 700 block of Tanglewood Drive, East Spencer.

The three have been served with arrest warrants, but have not yet been booked into the Rowan County Detention Center.

Moose said Daeshun Hargrave, Jamaria Crawford and Najee Palmer were brought in for questioning.

“We have enough information to charge them,” he said.

The Salisbury Police Department, along with East Spencer police, SBI, members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Spencer Police also assisted in the investigation.

The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program teamed up with the Salisbury/Rowan Crime Stoppers this week to solve this homicide.

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