University of North Carolina star tailback Derrick Fenner, charged in a drug-related slaying in Hyattsville last month, was denied bond yesterday and was returned to his cell.

Fenner, who surrendered Tuesday to Hyattsville police on murder charges stemming from the May 23 shooting death of Marcellus Leach, 19, remained silent during his court appearance where his attorney asked for a low bond ruling.

Prince George's County Judge Sylvania Woods denied the request and sent the former Oxon Hill High School standout back to his cell.

Fenner's next court appearance, a preliminary hearing in the murder case, was set for July 2.

Hyattsville police have said they may soon have a break on three other suspects sought in the case.

Fenner's arrest was based on accounts from witnesses who observed a gang carrying guns and entering the Kirkwood Apartments on the Memorial Day holiday weekend, police said.

Leach was in an apartment courtyard when four people approached and started firing, shouting about control of drug trafficking turf.

Last year, Fenner led the ACC in rushing with 1,250 yards -- the fifth best in the nation -- and made the All-ACC first team as the Tar Heels finished 7-4-1.

In April, Fenner, 20, a Hyattsville native, was charged in an unrelated case with possession of cocaine and a .38-caliber handgun in Clinton, authorities said.

He is scheduled to be tried on those charges in August.