Four indicted in July murder

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 10:48 AM

Four people were indicted Monday in the July 15 death of Artravis Ned Little at his Thomasville home.

The Davidson County grand jury returned first-degree murder indictments on Xavius Tyrik Mebane, 20, of Ragan Avenue, High Point, Trellis Mentoria Johnson, 22, of South Benbow Road, Greensboro, Kasey Dashawn Garland, 23, of Ragan Avenue, High Point, and Rashan Anthony Mebane, 30, of Anderson Place, High Point.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, the grand jury indicted Johnson, the Mebanes and Garland for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with dangerous weapon. The Mebanes also face an indictment for habitual felon.

“They are indicted for first-degree murder,” Davidson County Assistant District Attorney Greg Brown said. “Those that had prior felony convictions were indicted for possession of a firearm by a felon. Each defendant has been appointed a lawyer. The next step, within 45 days of the service of the indictment, we'll have a Rule 24 hearing to determine whether the case will proceed as a capital or noncapital penalty. Thereafter, the defense will file any appropriate motions.”

Brown would not speculate on whether the prosecution would seek the death penalty for any of the suspects. The investigation is ongoing, so any possible motive is also not being released at this time.

Thomasville Police Department made the arrests three days after the death of Little, 31, of Smith Street in Thomasville.

A Crime Stoppers tip helped police narrow their search. Shortly after midnight on July 18, TPD with the support of the High Point Police Department’s Tactical Unit, took Mebane and Johnson into custody without incident.

Garland was served with a murder warrant in the Guilford County Jail, where he was being held on an unrelated charge. Later that morning, High Point officers and the United States Marshal’s Task Force apprehended the fourth suspect, Rashan Anthony Mebane, 30, who police had reported was armed and dangerous, in the 2200 block of Brentwood Street in High Point.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com. Staff Writer Laura Ward contributed to this report.