Five charged in murder of teen on basketball court

Fairmont police say they've charged five people in the murder of Daquan Stephens, 16.

He was shot while playing basketball at the Calvin Haggin Park on Linden Street in the Fairmont community of Robeson County, Friday evening.

Jerod McNeill, 16, Bobby Jones, 19, Julius Rogers, 20, Natasha Owens, 20, and Fhina Grissett are each charged with First Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder.

Owens and Grissett are in custody. Police say they're looking for Rogers, Jones and McNeill.

They say Owens' two-year-old child was with her when the murder was committed. The North Carolina Department of Social Services has been called to investigate if the child should be removed from Owens' home.

McNeill had words with Stephens on the basketball court , pulled out a gun, and shot Stephens several times, according to Fairmont Police Chief Danny Parker.

Matthew Lassiter, an off duty Robeson County sheriff's deputy, was playing basketball in the same park. He heard the shots and called 911. Lassiter then ran to Stephens and administered CPR until EMTs arrived.

Stephens died at South Eastern Health in Lumberton.

He was a sophomore at Fairmont High School.

Police say they haven't figured out a motive just yet.

If you know anything that would lead police to Jones, McNeill, and Rogers, you're asked to call 9-1-1.

Robeson County Sheriff's Office, Lumberton Police Department and the Robeson County District Attorney's Office assisted in this investigation.