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Greenville man charged in Raleigh killing of former ECU player


By Ron Gallagher and Aaron Moody
The News & Observer

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A man accused of killing former ECU football player Anthony Domonique Lennon outside a Raleigh restaurant in June was arrested Tuesday and brought from eastern North Carolina to Wake County.

Ashanti Radee Bennett, 33, of West Victoria Street in Greenville, was named in a murder arrest warrant that Raleigh police took out Oct. 24.

Lennon, 24, was shot and killed about 9:45 p.m. on a Friday night in the parking lot of the Bahama Breeze restaurant on Wake Forest Road.

Police said at least 10 shots were fired.

Arrest warrants for two men arrested earlier on conspiracy charges named Bennett as one of the people they were alleged to have conspired with.

Five people have been named in the case: Bennett, the two men charged with conspiracy, a woman from Greenville who is accused of being an accessory, and 35-year-old Jamar Allen.

Like Bennett, Allen was listed as conspiring in the killing. Police said Tuesday that he has been charged with felony conspiracy. He has not been arrested, however.

Bennett is the only person so far charged with the killing itself.

On Oct. 25, police arrested Wantavius Burney Jackson, 25, of Kinston and Clifton Jason Spellman III, 25, of Greenville, on the conspiracy charges.

The same day, Stephanie Chayanne Owens, 20, of Greenville was accused on the accessory charge for allegedly giving Spellman an alibi by saying he was somewhere other than where police believe he was when Lennon was gunned down.

Lennon was a defensive back for the Pirates from 2011 to 2015.

He had moved to the Raleigh area from Suffolk, Va., where his family lives and where he was buried.

Lennon, known as Domo to his teammates, earned three letters while playing for the Pirates.

“East Carolina University, the athletics department and Pirate football program are saddened by the tragic passing of Domonique Lennon,” the university said in a statement after his death.

“He made a positive impact on many people during his time as a student athlete at ECU and earned the respect of both his teammates and coaches. We extend our condolences to Domonique's family, friends and all those who knew and loved him.”