UPDATE: Suspect arrested in shooting death of Titus Vaughn appears in court

Suspect in Titus Vaughn murder makes first court appearance

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Steven Berg III appeared in court Wednesday to answer to his charge of first-degree murder.

Berg was charged with shooting and killing Titus Vaughn in November. He filed for a court appointed attorney and remains in custody.

The Wilmington Police Department arrested Berg Tuesday in connection with a deadly shooting on South 11th Street last month.

According to a news release, Steven Ray Berg III, 26, was taken in to custody at his home on South 17th Street on Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder, discharging a firearm into an enclosure, and accessory after the fact in the death of Titus Vaughn, 26, on Nov. 13.

Just before 8:30 p.m. that Friday, Wilmington police responded to the 100 block of S. 11th St. in reference to a ShotSpotter alert. Upon arrival, officers discovered Vaughn suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds.

He was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries.

Berg is being held at the New Hanover County Jail under no bond.

The investigation is ongoing and police have not yet released details of a motive behind the shooting.

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