CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A man accused in connection with the death of a soldier is back in Cumberland County to face charges.
Tobijah Nelson, 28, is charged with accessory after the fact in the murder of a U.S. Army soldier and the injury of another soldier, said to be the victim's friend.
A Jamaican national, Nelson was arrested in Queens, NY earlier in July and had been in the United States illegally.
Homicide detectives with the sheriff's office, along with members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force and the U.S. Marshal's Office assisted with the arrest.
Investigators appeared on TV in search of Nelson, including America's Most Wanted in January of 2011. Following that airing, witnesses reported seeing Nelson in New York City.
Nelson arrived back in North Carolina late Tuesday night and is being held on a $400,000 bond.
Authorities say on March 29, 2009, Nelson and his accomplice, Demar Bryan, 24, were at the Ikola Jamaican Lounge in Spring Lake.
An argument broke out outside of the club between Bryan and a woman. Charles Clemens, 27, intervened and defended the woman and argued with Bryan.
Authorities say once inside the club, Bryan shot Clemens to death on the dance floor.
Clemens was on leave from Afghanistan at the time of his death, and his friend, Arthur Mwebe, was injured in the shooting.
Several months after the shooting, detectives arrested Bryan in Seabring, Florida. He was later extradited back to North Carolina and is awaiting trial on murder charges.
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