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2 arrested in man's shooting death on Airline Drive

2 arrested in man's shooting death on Airline Drive

Credit: HPD

Charles Peron Nickerson (left) and James Larron Ward, Jr. (right), suspects in fatal shooting on Airline Drive on Sept. 11, 2013

by KHOU.com staff

khou.com

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 9:33 AM

Man's body found in roadway

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HOUSTON -- Houston police have arrested and charged two suspects in the fatal shooting of a man found lying in a Houston roadway nearly two weeks ago.

The shooting was reported Sept. 11 around 4 a.m. on Airline Drive near Johnston Street.

The suspects, 20-year-old James Larron Ward, Jr. and 33-year-old Charles Peron Nickerson, are charged with murder in the 263rd State District Court. They are accused in the killing of Roderick Culpepper, 44.

According to officers with the Houston Police Department, Culpepper was found in the road with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspects were gone by the time police got there, but an investigation led officers to Ward and Nickerson, HPD said. The investigation is still on-going, however.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

Anyone with information can call HPD Homicide at 713-308-3600 or Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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