TWO men will appear at Coventry Crown Court today (Thursday July 31) accused of the murder of Jordon Banton.
Paul Michael Evan Dolan Clarke, 34, of Bluebell Close, and 28 year-old Darell Akins of Follager Road were formally charged with murder and firearms offences by magistrates yesterday (Wednesday), having been arrested in Cardiff the previous day.
The body of Jordon Matthew Banton, 23, was found in his car in Newton Road between Newton village and Newton Manor Lane at around 11.40am on Friday (July 25).
A post-mortem revealed he died of a shotgun wound to the head.
Emergency services were called at around 11.45am on Friday after one car left the road while another, a silver/blue Vauxhall Insignia, was seen speeding away through Newton and towards the A5.
The Vauxhall, which was found in Hillmorton just after 7pm on Sunday (July 27), is believed to have been the getaway car.
Newton Road was cordoned off by police throughout the weekend as officers carried out a forensic search and made door-to-door enquiries.
Superintendent Adrian McGee, who is leading the murder investigation, said: “I would like to reassure the local community that we believe this to be a targeted incident.
“We are really grateful for all the support of the local community, for all their calls and contact we have received in relation to this investigation.”
Mr Banton’s family have been kept updated about the ongoing investigation, while receiving support from specially trained officers.
Anyone who has any information to assist is asked to contact police on telephone 101 quoting incident number 155 of the 25 July 2014.
Information can also be provided anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
(Inset) Jordon Banton, 23, was found dead with shotgun wounds in a car by the roadside.