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2nd man charged in double homicide

Nov. 13, 2012 @ 12:00 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Police filed additional charges Tuesday, including the arrest of a second man in connection with a double homicide from last week.

Rocky Hudson Williams and Thomas Maurice White each face two counts of murder during commission of a felony. All except one of those charges were filed Tuesday morning in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

Williams, 19, received his initial charge last week.

The charges follow this past weekend's death of DeVante Penn, 17, of Detroit, and White's release from a different hospital Tuesday.

Penn's death was the second from a shooting that occurred about 10:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at 1939 Foster Ave. Also killed was Darrell Fugua, 22, of Detroit.

Police announced Penn's death Monday saying an autopsy determined that he died from a single gunshot wound.

Fugua died at the scene. That led to Williams' quick arrest.

Williams provided a statement to police alleging he and alleged accomplice White had conspired to rob the Foster Avenue residence. Williams told police it was during that failed robbery that Fugua was shot and killed, according to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

A misdemeanor complaint, charging Charity Dawn Cornell, described 1939 Foster Ave. as a drug house occupied by multiple people who stayed at the residence. It further states those investigating the homicide found "extensive drug use and possession of narcotic medications."

White, 21, had not been charged with any crimes as of Monday morning. He remained hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries he suffered during the incident. No charges have been filed in relation to Penn's death; however, the case remains under investigation.

Police did not identify a specific triggerman in Williams' criminal complaint, instead only alleging that Fugua died in the commission of a felony to meet the definition of murder.

Huntington Police Capt. Rick Eplin last week described the incident as a drug dispute that erupted into gunfire. He said investigators believe multiple gunmen were involved, but they have not pinpointed who fired which shots and what precipitated the exchange.