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19-year-old charged with murder following High Point Christmas Eve shooting

19-year-old Deonte Thomas appeared before a judge Friday. He's charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm.

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Nineteen-year-old Deonte Lance Thomas appeared before a judge for his first appearance, in the shooting death of 18-year-old John Austin Shoaf. 

Police documents reveal Thomas turned himself in on Christmas Day after investigators say he shot and killed Shoaf near the 3700 block Eskdale Drive on Christmas Eve.

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Shoaf arrived at High Point Regional Hospital in a private car around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

He was then airlifted to another hospital and later pronounced dead.

Thomas has been charged with first-degree murder and two counts of robbery with a firearm. According to arresting documents, Thomas took more than $350 worth of marijuana from Shoaf and another man at gunpoint, before shooting Shoaf.

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