Trial to begin for suspect in delivery driver murder

Trial to begin for suspect in delivery driver murder
Mustafaa Friend (Source: New Hanover Co. Sheriff's Office)
Mustafaa Friend (Source: New Hanover Co. Sheriff's Office)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The trial for Cornell Dwayne Haugabook Jr., charged with killing a Wilmington delivery driver in 2012, is set to begin Monday.

Zhen Bo Liu, 60, was found dead bleeding from his neck in his vehicle in the middle of the road near 13th and Queen streets on June 14, 2012.

After an investigation, Wilmington police determined Haugabook, who was 20-years-old at the time, along with five others, who were teenagers at the time, ordered approximately $48 worth of food, shot Liu, took the food, went back to a house and sat down to eat together.

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

Haugabook and the youngest of the teens, Mustafaa Friend, were charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. The other four allegedly involved, Marvin Lee White, Manije Daneek Johnson, Nathaniel Thomas Lawrence and Rasheed Ramone Thompson, were all charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

It was learned in a hearing held for Friend that he shot Liu in the foot, and Haugabook shot him in the face. When the two left the scene, the others came back, went through Liu's vehicle and took some cash.

"If that's not cold-blooded, I've never seen it," Evangelous said. "Seldom do we ever see the victim accosted in such a brutal way."

Following the arrests, Ting Cheng, the manager of Liu's former place of employment China King, said he felt "happy" and "relieved," but didn't understand why the suspects allegedly killed one of his closest friends for no apparent reason.

Cheng also said China King no longer delivers at all following Liu's death.

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