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Derrick Fenner walks to the Hyattsville, Md., police station on Tuesday afternoon to turn himself in
Plan presentation postponed
after town residents object
By RON CRAWFORD
UNC Chancellor Christopher
Fordham responded to public
appeal Tuesday by postponing the
presentation of UNC's proposed
land-use plan to the Board of
Trustees until August 28.
Representatives of the campus
planning firm Johnson, Johnson
and Roy met with overwhelmingly
negative response when they pre
sented their Guide for Physical
Development of UNC to a vocif
erous crowd of over 400 UNC
students and Chapel Hill residents
in Hamilton Hall Monday Night.
In a prepared statement released
Tuesday morning, Fordham said,
uIt is the desire of the University
to present a plan, or concept, that
best reflects the future needs of the
University while being sensitive to
the heritage of our beloved Chapel
Fordham said the objectives of
the plan improving pedestrian
and vehicular traffic, and enhanc
ing parking on campus while
preserving the historical character
of the campus were still valid.
"We are, however, persuaded
that the questions and alternatives
presented in recent hearings,
including those raised last night,
deserve further consideration and
response," Fordham said. "There
fore, we intend to delay presen
tation to the trustees until August
in order to answer questions and
Area residents believe that the
plan, which calls for widespread
. building and development, ignores
Chapel Hill tradition and history.
According to the plan, the
Laurel Hill Road and Gimghoul
Road neighborhoods would be
disrupted by a loop road. Several
residents of these areas, angry that
their opinions had not been con
sidered, appeared at the meeting
to voice their objections.
The plan also calls for the
destruction of Odum Village,
UNC's married student housing.
Chantal Parker, a resident of
Odom Village, said the plan does
not consider the importance of
married student housing.
"There are very few (Chapel Hill
apartments) that cater to families,"
Parker said. "It's just a silly idea
altogether. They wouldn't think of
throwing undergrads and single
students out of their dorms." -.v
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By MIKE BERARDINO
The UNC football program was
thrown into a state of shock early
this week when running back
Derrick Fenner was arrested and
charged with first-degree murder
in a drug-related shooting that
took place on May 23 in Hyatts
A warrant for Fenner's arrest
was issued on Monday and the 20-year-old
rising junior, who was
enrolled in summer school in
Chapel Hill in an effort to regain
his academic eligibility, drove
back to Maryland on Tuesday and
turned himself in at 2:10 p.m. He
is currently being held without
bond in a Prince George's County
detention center in Upper Marl
According to the Associated
Press, witnesses said the incident
took place around 10 p.m. on May
23 when four black youths entered
the courtyard of Kirkwood Apart
ments in Hyattsville and
announced they were taking over
the drug trade there. After splitting
apart, the youths opened fire with
automatic weapons, striking Mar
cellus Leach, 19, in the head and
neck. Leach died the next day.
In addition, a 17-year-old male
whose name was not released was
wounded in the leg.
Police said six or seven rounds
were fired from the automatic
weapons and said Fenner was
identified as having fired a gun
during the incident. Three other
suspects, whose names have not
been released, had not been
charged as of press time.
"They're all Derrick's asso
ciates," said Dean Caldwell, a
detective lieutenant with the
Hyattsville Police Department.
"We haven't charged the other
three yet, but it's just a matter of
typing up the warrants.
"Everybody had guns and
Fenner was identified as having
one and firing it," said Caldwell.
Caldwell said he interviewed
Fenner Saturday, one week after
the shooting occurred, but that he
did not have enough evidence to
charge Fenner at that time.
North Carolina football coach
Dick Crum reacted to the news
with "utter shock. You don't deal
with this kind of thing hardly
ever," he said. "It's just mind
boggling something like this would
Additional news came on Wed
nesday when The Washington
Post reported that, according to
Prince George's County court
records,, police searched . a . truck
Fenner was driving on April 9 in
Clinton, Md., and found a .38
caliber revolver under the front
seat and 25 vials of cocaine in
Fenner's coat pocket.
According to the report, Fenner
was released on personal recogniz
ance and a preliminary hearing
was scheduled for Aug. 14 in
Prince George's County.
Fenner has technically not been
a member of the football team
since last December, when he was
declared academically ineligible.
The 6-4, 220-pound tailback
returned to his Oxon Hill, Md.,
home and took six hours of
correspondence courses in the
spring. Fenner was taking six
credit hours in the first summer
session, which began May 18, in
an effort to regain his eligibility.
"Certainly if what he's being
charged with is true, his football
career here is over," Crum said
Tuesday. "The one thing we can't
lose sight of, though, is that he
has to be presumed innocent until
"So while he's been charged and
all that, I cant say he is or is not
with our program until I know
what all the facts are."
Crum did say, however, that the
incident would make it "extremely
difficult" for Fenner to return next
year. "Even if they prove him
innocent, NCAA-wise I don't
think he could meet the (academic)
requirements," Crum said.
UNC Athletic Director John
Swofford expressed similar
"We want to be fair to Derrick,"
said Swofford. "It's a tragic
situation. We're astounded by it.
The whole incident is in stark
contrast to the values of this
program and this university.
"If any of this turns out to be
true, I think it would be very
difficult to imagine any set of
circumstances in which Derrick
would continue his career at this
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