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Teens facing manslaughter charges turn themselves in

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Two teens who were wanted on charges in connection to the Aug. 6 death of 16-year-old Rodshawn Malik Barnes were arrested Tuesday.

Savonte J. Taylor, 16, and Darius Phontez Taylor, 19, both of 3814-B Starship Lane, face one count each of involuntary manslaughter. Officials said they turned themselves in to police. Both were given $3,000 secured bonds.

In a Monday story, The Wilson Times incorrectly identified the elder suspect as Darius Nike Taylor. The Times regrets the error.

Police also charged 18-year-old Derrius Jamaal Atkinson of 4308 Camillia Drive, who was arrested on Friday after turning himself in to police.

Atkinson made his first court appearance Monday, where he was arraigned on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

He was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond.

On Aug. 6, officers were dispatched to the 4100 block of Huntsmoor Lane regarding a medical emergency shortly before 7 p.m., according to Sgt. Steve Stroud. Police said friends had already taken Barnes to Wilson Medical Center. While officers were at the hospital, they discovered the teen had suffered from a gunshot wound, Stroud said.

Barnes was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital, officials said. A police report indicates the incident happened at Barnes’ Huntsmoor Lane home.

Police have not disclosed the circumstances surround the teen’s death.

Police ask anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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