Two arrests made in Hickory double murder

Police in Hickory have made an arrest in connection with a double homicide.

HICKORY, N.C. – Police in Hickory have made two arrests in connection with a fatal double shooting Thursday.

Investigators told NBC Charlotte the suspect, 19-year-old Daniel Jeremiah Minton, turned himself in early Friday morning without incident. Minton is facing two counts of murder for the deaths of Branique Stephan McKnight, 18, and Janarion Kaverio Knox, 20.

Authorities also arrested 20-year-old Maurice Craig Brown in connection with the case. He has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact to murder. 

Just after 4 p.m. Thursday, Hickory Police responded to a shooting in the 2800 block of 12th Avenue SE. When officers arrived, they found McKnight and Knox suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Jessica Wilson is related to Knox, and she said the family is devastated by the shooting.

"I hope justice is served because it's not right," Wilson said. "I know that they didn't deserve this."

A neighbor who lived in the apartment complex who asked to remain anonymous said she heard gunshots go off.

"It feels scary," the neighbor said. "I was up all night long."

Minton must remain in jail while Brown received a $400,000 secured bond.

Both men are scheduled to appear again in court on September 22.

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