MONROE, N.C. -- Two men face murder charges in connection with the shooting death of a man who was trying to protect a 2-year-old child.

Damien Thompson, 36, and Damien Allen, 31, were already behind bars on other charges when police charged them with first-degree murder in the death of Michael Richardson of Monroe.

Richardson was shot and killed in March 2009 in the doorway of a house on English Street. Police believe Richardson was trying to shield a child after bullets started flying.

Officers say they aren't sure why the shooting happened, but they know the victim had been in a fight with the suspect before.

Officers also charged a woman, 20-year-old Lacey Carnes, as an accessory after the fact.

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