by Jordan Green

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled by Jordan Green

Man dies of gunshot wound after police told he is only drunk

Winston-Salem police officers were on the scene at when 26-year-old Jerry Denard Posey II discharged a firearm in the parking lot at Kings Plaza at about 2 a.m. on Feb. 29, according to a press release. They took him into custody and recovered a weapon. At some point they discovered 19-year-old Terrance Gavin Murchison, who had left Club Palacio. The police reported that family and friends who were tending to Murchison told the cops that he wasn’t hurt, just drunk. The police called an ambulance but before it could arrive, friends and family reportedly put Murchison in a car and took him away. At 3:10 a.m. the police received a call from a nurse at Forsyth Medical Center, who said Murchison had been shot and was receiving CPR. As it turned out, Murchison had been shot in the lower stomach. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, Murchison died. Police investigators determined that Posey fired the shot that killed Murchison. Posey has been charged with second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm within the city limits and possession of marijuana. Posey also had outstanding warrants for unrelated matters. He was held at the Forsyth County Jail under a $506,000 bond.

Cat and burglar

Mary Ann Guinn, who lives on Natural Lake Court in Greensboro, received a shock at about 2:30 a.m. on March 1 when she got up to let her cat back inside. When she opened the garage door she saw a person standing between two vehicles. The outer garage door had been left open. The person, who is described only as wearing a darkcolored hooded sweatshirt, left through the open door. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.

Pear Street break-in

Residents at a Pear Street address in Greensboro told police that three black men dressed in dark clothing and ski masks forced their way in to the house on the evening of March 1. One of the men reportedly brandished a handgun and demanded property from the residents, and then fled on foot. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.

Arrest made in 2005 murder

Greensboro police have made an arrest in a six-year-old homicide case. Marshall Jerroda Smith was 26 in August 2005, when he was fatally shot inside a residence on Elmer Street. The case had gone cold, but detectives reopened it and developed new leads. The police department’s violent-criminal apprehension team arrested O’Reynold Jamaar Lennon, 32, without incident at 5:30 p.m. on March 2. Lennon was charged with first-degree murder and held in the Guilford County Jail without bond.