Teen to be tried as an adult in delivery-driver murder

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The youngest of six people arrested in connection to the murder of Zhen Bo Liu appeared in court Tuesday.

Liu was killed June 14 while delivering food in Wilmington. A group of young men ordered about $48 worth of food, shot Liu, and then went back to a house to eat, according to Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous.

Five teenagers and a 20-year-old man are facing charges related to Liu's death. Cornell Dwayne Haugabook Jr., 20, and Mustafaa Friend, 15, were charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. Marvin Lee White, 18, Manije Daneek Johnson, 16, and Rasheed Ramone Thompson, 16, were all charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

"He was brutally murdered for no reason what so ever," Evangelous said. "If you're going to be involved in this type of activity, we're going to hunt you down."

Friend was in court Tuesday for a probable cause hearing.

Judge Melinda Crouch did not allow media inside the hearing due to confidentiality and safety concerns. However, Assistant District Attorney Dru Lewis confirmed that the 15-year-old will be tried as an adult.

Friend was transferred to Superior Court and is being held under a $1 million bond.

The victim's widow, Yinmei Fu, was in the courtroom Tuesday. With the help of an interpreter, she told WECT.com that she was glad to know Friend will be tried as an adult. Two weeks after her husband's death, she said she still cannot understand how anyone could do this to him.

She will return to Shanghai later in the week, but Yinmei Fu said she hopes to return to Wilmington for the sentencing of the suspects connected to her husband's murder.

A neighbor close to the scene of the crime said that one day prior to the killing, the suspects were hanging around on the corner of the block where Liu was killed, asking for money.

The neighbor told them that they could help with some light yard work to make some money, but they declined the offer.

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