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Sheriff’s office IDs man wanted for murder in drug shoot-out that killed two

The Alamance County sheriff’s office has identified another participant in the shoot-out at a drug house that left two dead earlier this month.

According to the sheriff’s office, Gar-Yon-Ded-Weh Stepney is believed to have been involved in the double homicide that occurred on April 8, 2021 on Wyatt Road in Green Level.  He is also known as J4, Garjay, and Gary Stephens.  His last known address, according to the sheriff’s office, was 2604 Stockton Street, Winston-Salem.   

WANTED: Gar-Yon-Ded-Weh Stepney, aka J4, Gar-Jay, Gary Stephens

He has been charged with first degree murder and is considered armed and dangerous.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office at 336-570-6300 to speak with a member of the Criminal Investigation Division or report anonymously by calling Alamance County Crime Stoppers at 336-229-7100 or by downloading the mobile app, P3Tips.

Also still being sought Juan Daniel Salinas Lara, who was also allegedly involved in the gun battle that left his brother, 18-year-old Alonso Beltran Lara dead.

WANTED: Juan Daniel Salinas Lara

During a press conference earlier this month, Johnson said that Alonso Lara had his feet bound and his arms restrained during the raid before he was shot “execution style” in the back of the head.

The 18-year-old Hispanic male was nevertheless still breathing when deputies arrived on the scene, although he succumbed to his injuries later that day at an area hospital.

Also killed was Barney Dale Harris, a 39-year-old black male who was ultimately shot to death in the firefight.

A well-respected husband and father of three, Harris had worked as a Spanish teacher and coach at the Union Academy Charter School in Monroe prior to his fatal attempt to steal from the cartel. Harris had apparently undertaken this scheme with his brother-in-law Steven Alexander Stewart, Jr., a 32-year-old black male of 304 Old Lilesville Road in Wadesboro; Stewart has already been arrested.

According to the sheriff during his press conference, the two men from Wadesboro intended to stage a heist in Green Level of money, drugs, or both belonging to the notorious Sinaloa Mexican-based cartel.

KILLED:

Killed: Barney Dale Harris

ARRESTED:

ARRESTED: Steven Alexander Stewart, Jr.


Read earlier coverage:

Teacher, cartel member killed in attempted narcotics burglary: https://alamancenews.com/sheriff-teacher-cartel-member-killed-in-attempted-narcotics-burglary/

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