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Defendant in Gaines murder arrested following Sunday stop

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The defendant in a 2015 murder was charged Sunday after he and another person fled on foot following a traffic stop in the 1000 block of Franklin Street.

James Antwon Coleman III, 26, who was charged in the murder of Rynel Tyreek Gaines, is tentatively scheduled to appear in court on February 12 to face the first-degree murder charge, state court records show.

His arrest on charges associated with the traffic stop occurred around 3:15 Sunday morning, Roanoke Rapids police Chief Chuck Hasty said in a statement.

The arrests of Coleman and Jamil Markel Simmons occurred after the pair bolted from the vehicle and fled officers J. DeSare and M. Hunsucker. They were taken into custody following the brief chase.

Coleman, 26, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault on a government official and resist delay and obstruct.

Captain Bobby Martin said the assault on a government official charge stems from Coleman allegedly physically resisting officers after his arrest.

He received a $411,000 bond and January 3 court date.

Simmons, 26, of Roanoke Rapids, was arrested and charged with resist, delay and obstruct an officer. He received a $500 bond and December 22 court date.

Lieutenant J. Baggett, Sergeant D. Jenkins and Officer H. Grimes assisted.

In the October, 2015 murder case, Coleman surrendered to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office that December.

The investigation stemmed from a motor vehicle collision call at Fourth and Madison streets.

When Hunsucker arrived he found the victim in the vehicle unresponsive. Officers discovered Gaines had a gunshot wound and was deceased.

Martin said motive in the murder remains undetermined.

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