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Jakeis Zamier Harris
Courtesy of Catawba County Sheriff's Office

Second Suspect Arrested In Hickory Murder Case

18-year-old Jakeis Zameir Harris of 3rd Ave. SE in Hickory was arrested Friday (December 2) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with  murder, attempted first-degree murder, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Harris is charged in connection to the murder of 20-year-old Khalil Ryhnhart on November 5. He’s also charged in connection to the shooting of 42-year-old Eric Rhynhart during the same incident.

Shortly before 3:00 a.m. on November 5, Hickory Police Officers responded to the 900 Block of Highland Avenue NE after receiving a 911 call from a citizen. The caller was driving on Highland Avenue NE and spotted a vehicle that had driven off the roadway. The caller said there were two males inside the vehicle with gunshot wounds.

Upon arrival, officers found the driver of a 2021 Kia Forte, 42-year-old Eric Rhynhart and the passenger, 20-year-old Khalil Rhynhart injured from gunshot wounds. Catawba County EMS responded and transported Eric Rhynhart to a local hospital. Khalil Rhynhart was pronounced dead at the scene.

Khalil Rhynhart
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During the initial investigation, it was determined that Eric Rhynhart and Khalil Rhynhart were shot while traveling north in the 500 block of Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard SE. 24-year-old Trevin Ali Brown of 28th Street NE in Hickory was arrested November 17 by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with murder and attempted first-degree murder.

The Hickory Police Department is also searching for 30-year-old Jalen Tremaine Crowell. There is a warrant charging him with murder in connection to this case.

Jalen Tremaine Crowell

Harris was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Monday (December 5).

[Photo of Harris courtesy of Catawba County Sheriff’s Office]