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Grand jury indicts teen for attempted murder of woman / November 11, 2019

A 17-year-old will be tried as an adult on charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with an Aug. 25 shooting on Easley Street in South Boston.

A Halifax County grand jury on Thursday returned indictments on four felony charges against Damian M. New, one of two suspects arrested in the shooting, which sent a 41-year-old woman to Duke University Hospital for treatment. As a juvenile, New’s identity was not disclosed at the time of his arrest, four days after the shooting took place.

The other defendant in the case is 18-year-old Allen Jamell Johnson, of Vaughan Street, South Boston.

The pair were apprehended by local police in the woods off Ash Avenue, a short distance from Johnson’s home, after a South Boston town officer spotted Johnson in the vicinity of Vaughan Street on Aug. 29. Town and county officers found the suspects after a brief search, aided by a Halifax County Sheriff’s Office K-9 search team.

In the Aug. 25 shooting, at the 600 block of Easley Street, the female victim suffered leg wounds that required med-flight transport to Duke hospital in Durham, N.C. Later that night, police got a description of a suspect vehicle that they then tracked to Vaughan Street.

Officers conducted a search of a home at the 1800 block of Vaughan Street and also searched vehicles, seizing several firearms and other evidence.

New was indicted on four felony offenses of attempted second degree murder, conspiracy to commit second degree murder, malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but rather a determination by the grand jury that sufficient evidence exists to bring a case to trial.

No court dates have been set for New following the grand jury action.

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