Arrests made in Hickory homicide investigation

   
Daniel Minton and Maurice Brown – Pictures courtesy of the Hickory Police Department

PRESS RELEASE

Hickory – On September 1, 2017, Hickory Police, with the assistance of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the Lenoir Police Department, arrested and charged Daniel Jeremiah Minton, w/m dob: 08-04-1997, of Lenoir, for the Murders of Branique Stephan McKnight and Janarion Kaverio Knox. Minton was arrested in Lenoir, NC after turning himself in at the Lenoir Police Department. Minton is currently being held without bond in the Catawba County Detention Facility on these charges.

Maurice Craig Brown, b/m dob: 02/18/1997, of Lenoir, was also arrested in connection with this case and charged with two counts of Accessory After the Fact to Murder. Brown is currently being held without bond in the Catawba County Detention Facility on these charges.

The Hickory Police Department is continuing this investigation and asks anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information about this incident to contact Inv. S. Hudson at 828-261-2620 or shudson@hickorync.gov .

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE

Hickory – On Thursday, August 31, 2017 at approximately 4:03 p.m., officers from the Hickory Police Department were called to 2830 12th Ave SE Apt. B6, in reference to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival officers discovered Branique Stephan Mcknight, a black male, 18 years of age, of Conover, NC and Janarion Kaverio Knox, a black male, 20 years of age, of Hickory, NC in the residence both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Mcknight and Knox both died at the scene as a result of their injuries.

The suspect is described as a white male 5’11” to 6”00” tall, heavy set in his mid 20’s with a pony tail pulled up into a bun and facial hair. He was wearing an orange t-shirt, black basketball type shorts with red trim and black shoes with white trim. A photo of the suspect is attached. Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is urged to contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551. This incident does not appear to be a random act of violence.

The Hickory Police Department is continuing this investigation and asks anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information about this incident to contact Inv. Hudson at 828-261-2620 or shudson@hickorync.gov .

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