Witnesses testify that he fired a shot that killed the owner of a Durham Chinese restaurant


Hykeem Deshun Cox didn’t have a formal job in April 2018, he said, but he will spend a lot of time stalking the business.

The prosecutor asked why you stalked your business.

“Take them away,” said 24-year-old Cox.

“Did you rob many businesses?” Asked Deputy Federal Attorney Graham Greene.

“Yes, Sir,” Durham’s Cox said sitting in a witness chair in Winston-Salem’s federal court, testifying at the trial of Maurice Owen Wily Jr.

Cox and Wily, 31, described by prosecutors as “cooperators” in the case, attempted to rob and kill Hong Chen, owner of a Chinese restaurant in Durham, on April 15, 2018. Chung’s death, along with reports of multiple past robbery and intrusions by his family, has shaken the triangle community and highlighted the risks faced by Asian business owners on a daily basis.

According to prosecutors, Chung was shot dead after Cox, Wily and four others stalked Chen and his wife Shirley Chan’s restaurant Chinawock on South Rocksboro Street and returned home twice in two days. Evidence of the first 5 days of testimony.

In the opening statement, Wily’s lawyer stated that his client was not involved in the robbery attempt.

Hong Chen, 42, died on April 15, 2018 at around 10:20 pm at Hope Valley Farms North Driveway. Chen owned a China Wok restaurant near Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway near the former Kroger on South Rocksboro Road in Durham.

Hong Chen, 42, died on April 15, 2018 at around 10:20 pm at Hope Valley Farms North Driveway. Chen owned a China Wok restaurant near Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway near the former Kroger on South Rocksboro Road in Durham.

5 days evidence

Evidence presented by the prosecution shows that Wily rented two SUVs and drove a group to a restaurant and home three times, including a shooting night.

Wily and Cox shot into Chung’s minivan, prosecution evidence shows.

Other evidence is as follows:

▪ ▪ Surveillance video outside the restaurant

▪ ▪ The white Lincoln MKX borrowed by Wily was damaged by a shooting.

▪ ▪ False police report submitted to address damage to Lincoln

In addition, one of the men was shot in the back during an attempted robbery.

Evidence was collected and analyzed by law enforcement agencies in Durham, along with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The month after the murder, Durham police arrested Wily, Cox, Darryl Bradford, 21, Semaji Marek Bradley, and Charles Winfor Daniels, and charged him with one murder and other charges in Durham County. did.

Bradley and Daniels were 18 and 19 years old, respectively, when they were charged. Cox, Bradford, and Daniels were in probationary terms at the time of their murder.

According to police, a boy whose name was not disclosed was also involved.

In August 2019, Wiley and four others were indicted in federal court, and Durham prosecutors said they would dismiss the local charges because the case had been transferred to the US Central District Court in North Carolina. It was.

Wiley and Cox’s latest federal accusations include collusion and attempted robbery by intimidation and force, and collusion of possessing a gun while committing a violent crime. You can face up to 20 years in each of those accusations. Wily has also been accused of possessing ammunition as a felony and will be punished for up to 10 years.

Federal officials initially charged the man with a gun for violent crimes that resulted in the death penalty or life imprisonment. The accusation was changed after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the robbery attempt did not meet its legal standards.

Cox pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit a robbery by intimidation or force in a plea bargain in which his ammunition was dismissed while committing a violent criminal charge. Other defendants have also pleaded guilty to related charges in plea bargaining, but no one, including Cox, has been sentenced.

On Friday, Cox sat in a witness’s chair in long white underwear under an orange prison scrub. His hands and feet were handcuffed and tied up, and an American marshal sat between him and the jury.

Wily sat in court wearing a fleece vest over a button-down shirt and tie. A blue hospital-like mask kept falling under his nose.

Cox testified that he had lied to the police many times, saying that it was he who organized the robbery and shot Chung.

However, Cox admitted during the question that Wily was not the main planner and that it was Cox’s bullet that killed Chung.

“My bullet killed the man, but I’m not the only one (responsible),” he said.

Hong Chen was hit deadly on a driveway at his home in the Hope Valley North district on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Hong Chen was hit deadly on a driveway at his home in the Hope Valley North district on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Attempted robbery

Cox said he and others targeted Chinawock owners because they believed they were Asian and the group did not use the bank.

“Because they have a lot of money at home,” he said.

Wily, Cox and others got into a car that Wily rented and saw the restaurant two days before the murder. One night, some people got out of the car near their family’s house and hid in the bushes to rob them, but then decided to wait, Cox said.

Cox said a group of five men and one boy met at Daniels’ house on Driver Street on the night of Chung’s murder. Cox said everyone was armed, including Daniels, who was given a gun by Cox.

He said they parked for a minute before driving and parking near Chung’s house on Carlton Crossing Drive, passing by China Wok.

They saw the headlights of a family silver minivan.

“Get the point,” Wily told people in the car, Cox said.

According to Cox, it was raining heavily when Chung’s wife Shirley Chan got out of the minivan with what he thought was a bag of money. Chan testified that it was the food she brought back from the restaurant.

“We all jumped out,” Cox said.

Bradley and Bradford ran towards Chan, he said and told her to “give it up.” Wily and Cox ran to Chung in a minivan, Cox said.

After multiple robbers and intrusions, the family had a nightly routine. Chan’s then 14-year-old son handed him a gun and a magazine when he got home at night, and his 17-year-old daughter was looking out through a window on the second floor.

After her son handed the gun to Chan, she collapsed and some of the robbers arrived at the front door and began shooting guns, which clogged, Chan and her children testified.

When Chan started shooting, Cox said, most of the others started shooting.

They returned to the white Lincoln MKX. Cox was shot on the wrist and Bradford was shot behind. Other testimonies showed that the bullet grazed Bradley’s face.

Semaji Bradley, accused of a deadly attempted robbery by Hong Chen in Durham on April 15, 2018, was filmed on May 29, 2018. The wife fired at them during a robbery attempt.

Semaji Bradley, accused of a deadly attempted robbery by Hong Chen in Durham on April 15, 2018, was filmed on May 29, 2018. Those during a robbery attempt.

Consists of drive-by shooting

On their way home, they came up with a plan to explain their wounds.

According to Cox, Daniels and Bradford returned to Daniels’ house on Driver Street and shot in the air. Daniels called 911 and said Bradford was shot to see a doctor.

Daniels’ mom took Cox, who had a bullet on her wrist, to her grandfather’s house.

When Cox arrived at the house around the corner, he said, he heard a gradual shooting.

“I was rolling up a dull thing and watching the news,” he said. According to Cox, he saw nothing about the shooting at Chung’s house in the news at 11 pm, so he rolled another insensitivity and saw the news at 11:30 pm reporting that Chung was dead. ..

Cox called the boy, he said.

“No one needs to know,” Cox said sadly.

On May 9, 2018, a Dallam County Conservation Observer notified investigators that High Keem Cox appeared to have a gunshot wound on his wrist.

On May 9, 2018, a Dallam County Conservation Observer notified investigators that High Keem Cox appeared to have a gunshot wound on his wrist.

Wrist bullet

Cox began working with police after a protection observer noticed a gunshot wound on his wrist about three weeks after the killing.

He was arrested about a week after his arm was x-rayed.

In his first interview, Cox told police about things like not having a gun and Wily shooting Chung. Cox admitted during the testimony.

Cox said he testified because he sought justice from his family, but Wily’s lawyer John Bryson questioned his motive.

Cox admitted to shooting in a minivan after officials said the evidence was inconsistent with his previous story, Bryson pointed out in his cross-examination.

Bryson also pointed out that Wily belonged to the Crips gang — he was a member of the Eight Tray gang Crips, according to court documents — and everyone else in the car was a member of the Bloods gang. Bryson pointed out that Cox was selling guns on Instagram and benefited from a previous judicial transaction agreed in Dallam County Court just 10 days before Chung’s murder.

According to a previous statement from the Durham County Court, on April 5, 2018, Cox responded to a plot of armed robbery in connection with the 2017 case of stealing approximately $ 9,000 from the Diamond Girls Strip Club on Angie Avenue. I pleaded guilty.

Cox, who agreed to testify to the co-defendant, was finally sentenced to two years of probation during the robbery, Bryson said in court.

Bryson claimed that Cox had been kicked out of the Bloods gang for his cooperation in that case. But Cox said it was because he stopped “tapping.”

Ultimately, Cox said he was witnessing to get justice for his family.

If Cox really wanted justice, Bryson asked him, Cox shouldn’t do most of the time since he killed Chung.

“Sir, we all committed a crime,” Cox replied.

The trial is set to resume at 9 am on Monday.

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