Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Mother of 2 killed near her job in Apex by disgruntled ex-boyfriend arrested in Jacksonville


A murder suspect, who the Apex, North Carolina police said shot and killed his ex-girlfriend near her job at Molly Maid before 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning, has been caught and arrested in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Police quickly started searching for 30-year-old Tevin Leach after he fled the scene following the alleged murder of 30-year-old Felicia Barbee-Battle.

Tevin Leach
Tevin Leach

According to the police, the shooting occurred in the 1500 block of Beaver Creek Commons Drive, near the Molly Maid office. Barbee-Battle was an employee of Molly Maid.

Felicia Barbee-Battle
Felicia Barbee-Battle


Apex police said that Barbee-Battle’s ex-boyfriend, Tevin Leach, had visited Molly Made before. When he arrived on Monday, Barbee-Battle was inside the business when Leach asked her to step outside and speak with him. Moments later, police reported hearing gunshots within seconds after the two individuals exited the building.

Police said Barbee-Battle was transported to a hospital with gunshot wounds, where she died.

Tevin Leach fled to Jacksonville, NC

According to the police, Leach fled the scene in a gold or beige older model sedan with tinted windows after the deadly shooting. During an hours-long manhunt, Leach was arrested in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Leach is charged with first-degree murder.

Social media posts re-shared by Tevin Leach suggests he was being cheated on

Social media posts obtained by The North Carolina Beat show that Leach had been expressing his heartbreak in several posts in the hours leading up to the shooting. After the shooting, he continued to make posts on social media.

Although it is unclear who Leach is speaking of, he certainly made his feelings known.

Take a look at his social media posts below:

Barbee-Battle leaves behind two boys.

Gerald Jackson
Gerald Jackson
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