Accused killer of 7-year-old flashed smile in courtroom; father is furious
A judge on Wednesday ordered the man accused of killing 7-year-old Kamari Munerlyn of Durham to be held in jail without bail.
Members of two U.S. Marshals task forces arrested Devon Maurice Fowler, 28, of Durham on murder and conspiracy charges Tuesday night at the Extended Stay America on Bluestone Drive in Raleigh, police said.
The conspiracy charge against Fowler indicates police are seeking at least one other suspect.
On Wednesday, Kamari’s father, Theo Munerlyn, said he is relieved someone has been arrested and “that my son got justice.”
“I believe there are others, but he is the main one,” he said.
Kamari died Sunday after someone shot into a Honda Pilot around 5 p.m. Nine others in the SUV were unhurt.
Munerlyn said the shooting was gang-related, with the shooters targeting Kamari’s mother’s boyfriend, who was riding in the SUV.
Kamari’s mother, Felicia Parker, has said she knows who shot her son.
Police have declined to discuss her claim or details of their investigation.
Fowler has several criminal convictions, according to state records, but none are for crimes against people.
Fowler’s first conviction was in 2007, when he was 18, for misdemeanor breaking or entering and misdemeanor larceny.
In 2015, Fowler was convicted of felony possession of stolen goods and felony destroying evidence.
A judge gave Fowler a suspended sentence, but that was revoked in 2016, and he went to prison.
Fowler was released last October.
News researcher Teresa Leonard and staff writer Ron Gallagher contributed to this story.