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Attempted murder suspect dies

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A man who had been jailed on attempted murder charges in the January shooting of two people has died following a brief hospitalization and apparent illness, officials said.

Todd Lamant Caveness, 40, who was being held in the Wilson County Jail under a $200,000 secured bond, wasn’t eating Wednesday, authorities said. That’s when detention officers transported Caveness to the hospital to have him medically evaluated, said Wanda Samuel, Wilson County Sheriff’s chief of staff.

He was later admitted, Samuel said. Caveness died Friday.

Samuel said his death wasn’t suspicious and appeared to be health related. An autopsy will be performed, she said.

On Jan. 9, police responded to 704 Rountree St. around 12:50 a.m.

Police located two victims, Theophulis Newkirk Jr., 29, of Wilson and Jo Ann Davis, 26, of Lucama, according to police. Both victims suffered from gunshot wounds.

Wilson County EMS transported both victims to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Caveness was charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of discharging a firearm in the city limits and discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

The shooting occurred near the front entrance of the house with the victims inside the residence and the suspect believed to be outside, possibly on the front porch, investigators said.

It appeared Caveness knew Newkirk, but no motive was known at the time of the shooting, according police.

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