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Fayetteville homicide suspect re-captured

Posted July 2, 2012
Updated July 3, 2012

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— Fayetteville police recaptured a homicide suspect who disappeared Monday while out on bond.

Police said officers saw David Lee Hopkins III, 26, in the yard of a home in the 100 block of Post Avenue Monday evening and caught him after a short chase. He was given a $100,000 secured bond and placed in the Cumberland County jail.

Police had sent out an alert for Hopkins earlier Monday, saying that he had violated the terms of his pretrial release bond by leaving his Bartow Drive without authorization.

Hopkins was arrested Feb. 27, 2011, and charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

Hopkins was charged in connection with the Feb. 26, 2011, attack on two brothers, Deshawn Francis and Delmar Francis, who were shot near the intersection of Tokay and Meadowsweet drives. Both victims were transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where Delmar Francis died as a result of his gunshot wound.

At the time of his arrest in Delmar Francis' death, Hopkins was on probation January 2010 break-in and larceny convictions, according to state Division of Adult Correction records.

Between 2004 and 2010, he spent more than three years behind bars for nine convictions, including conspiracy to commit armed robbery.


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  • gabewilliams12 Jul 5, 2012

    My first remarks did not go through..I agree with the person that posted that the DA should have to stand up and say why a bond was set in this case. 1st degree murder. And still they give another bond of 100k. Uh I may be wrong, but didn't y'all lose him once already?

  • ech Jul 3, 2012

    on probation for breaking and entering and then shoots two people killing one and then he gets out on pretrial probation. what in the world do you have to do in order to get put in jail nowdays to have to stay. This world is going down fast and hard. Its not even safe to go to the grocery store any more b/c of all the tried and convicted criminals out on the street with a slap on their wrist for being a bad boy.

  • danunger Jul 3, 2012

    Hey I know....he was arrested for HOMICIDE....I know what the law says about bail, but com on folks, bail, for real? Oh wait, I'll bet he told the court..."I promise to come to trial for homicide, scouts honor.....PLEASE! Lets stop letting the fox gurad the henhouse....metaphor, foxes are smarter that this.

  • blacksuv1962 Jul 3, 2012

    And you wonder why the crime rate in Fayetteville is so HIGH ? Hey Chanel 5 here is something you can investigate.

  • sniperdiver Jul 3, 2012

    Wow, Public Accessed information shows that his Daddy has a criminal hisotry too. His Daddy is actually on Probation right now. Do you think there is a "Crime Gene" in their DNA make up?

  • DivaD Jul 3, 2012

    Why do he have a bond?

  • sniperdiver Jul 3, 2012

    Look people usually anyone charge with murder has "No bond", until after the first appearance. Then when a bond is set it is very high. Then the accused will ask for a bond modification hearing, the hearing will occur and a new lower bond is usually set. Yes, priors are a factor, but the 8th. Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the accused from cruel and unusual punishment, and excessive bond. So theres your answer "Sports Fans" on how violent criminals accused of crimes get released. Now if you made bond, and wanted to run from the law, why would you stay right at home? Is it so your Mommy can protect you?

  • sctech Jul 3, 2012

    $100k bond after all that. Jesus what in the world was the magistrate thinking?

  • kenloe3981 Jul 3, 2012

    What you dont understand is that is how it is....the DAs turn them loose ....after he kills again ...they will work out a plea with them ....this is nothing but business for the court....protecting the public is not

  • kermit60 Jul 3, 2012

    With the pending charges and his past criminal history, why was this guy out on bond or pre trial release? The DA should have to stnad up in public and explain this to the citizens he is payed to protect.