Murder suspects return to Rock Hill, face robbery charges

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comDecember 10, 2013 

McClinton, Cunningham

— Two homicide suspects who fled to Florida are back in York County, where police now accuse them of trying to rob the 20-year-old father authorities say they shot to death at a Rock Hill apartment complex last month.

Desmond Cunningham, 21, and Kenyan McClinton, 20, were extradited to the county on Saturday. They are being held at the York County Detention Center without bond on murder charges. They are also charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and criminal conspiracy. McClinton is being held on a $3,225 bond for two commitment charges that police say are unrelated to the homicide investigation.

A third suspect, Laterrious Ashley, 20, has been held at the York County Detention Center since he was released from a Charlotte hospital on Nov. 26 and charged with the same crimes.

On Nov. 19, police charged McClinton, Cunningham, and Ashley with murder after finding Jordan Poirier, 20, shot to death in his Stone Haven apartment off Celanese Road.

Police learned from a witness that one of the people who fled the scene was shot in the arm and suffered a leg injury after falling on the apartment’s steps. After checking with local hospitals for gunshot victims, police learned that Ashley had been treated at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, N.C. Ashley later was transferred to CMC’s main hospital in Charlotte.

McClinton’s mother and sister, Arliver and Deemetria McClinton, and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Shakira McCullough, a South Pointe High School student, have all been charged as accessories after the fact because police say they helped Cunningham and McClinton flee to Osceola County, Fla., where they stayed in a hotel for several days.

Jonathan McFadden •  803-329-4082

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