19-year-old accused in fatal shooting and robberies at Duke


    DURHAM (AP) — A 19-year-old man is being held without bond after being charged in the death of a Duke University graduate student.

    A judge ordered Thursday that Stephen Lavance Oates be held without bond in the shooting death of 29-year-old Abhijit Mahato, who was killed last weekend.

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    Durham County District Court Judge Elaine Bushfan also ordered Oates be held on $1 million on charges of robbing 18 people, including Mahato. His wallet and cell phone and taken. Mahato was found shot to death inside his apartment.

    Oates and three other people, including two 14-year-old juveniles, were apprehended after a two-county police chase Tuesday night. All four were charged with armed robbery and fleeing to elude arrest.

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