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Second suspect arrested in South Boston slayings (UPDATED)

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Andrew Harlow / December 10, 2019
A second person has been charged in the slaying of two brothers this weekend in South Boston after police earlier arrested a 17-year-old male on murder charges.

Andrew James Harlow, 18, of Halifax was booked on accessory to murder charges at the Halifax County Adult Detention Center on Monday, where he remains incarcerated without bond. Harlow was arrested by South Boston Police Detective Tiffany Bratton, the lead investigator in the Dec. 7 shooting deaths of 20-year-old Davonte Shamar Powell and his younger brother, 17-year-old Tevin Powell.

The brothers were outside a vape shop at the Centerville strip center in front of the South Boston WalMart when they were fatally shot shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday. The teen suspect in the slayings turned himself in later that evening after town police determined his identity from witness leads collected at the scene.

Harlow has been charged with two counts of being an accessory to second degree murder, according to the South Boston Police Department. While his alleged role in the crime is not immediately clear, police have said the 17-year-old shooting suspect arrived at — and departed from — the scene riding in another person’s vehicle. As a juvenile, the alleged shooter's identity has not been divulged by police.

The person who drove the suspected shooter to the scene is not the same person who brought the teenager to the South Boston Police Department later that Saturday night to turn himself in.

According to South Boston Police Lt. Randy Redd, Harlow turned himself in at the Halifax jail on Monday afternoon.

Harlow graduated from Halifax County High School in May. In a social media post on the school division's Facebook page, HCHS Principal Michael Lewis and Superintendent of Schools Mark Lineburg wrote that "[l]aw enforcement officials do not believe this matter has a link to Halifax County High School nor were any of those involved in the tragedy current Halifax County High School students.

"Concern and even fear are natural after such a tragedy. Therefore in the days ahead, we will have all metal detectors operational at the high school. We will have extra law enforcement personnel on site. Families and students should be aware that when we fully implement the use of metal detectors, there could be delays in entering the building," the social media post stated.

The alleged shooter is being held at W.W. Moore Juvenile Detention Center in Danville.

This story will be updated.

Two dead in South Boston shooting; juvenile arrested (UPDATED)

A 17-year-old male has been arrested in a Saturday night shooting in South Boston that left two dead.

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There has got to be a motive. Was this drug related? Was this over a female? Was this fear for safety? Was this racially motivated? Was this mentally ill person?

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