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Suspect in Goldsboro toddler's slaying caught

Posted March 16, 2011
Updated March 18, 2011

— A Goldsboro man wanted in the shooting death of a toddler on a playground was arrested after a three-hour standoff with police in Greenville Wednesday night.

Derrick Raymont Best, 29, had been on the run from a murder charge in the Feb. 27 shooting death of 3-year-old Princess Shelby King.

Goldsboro police said a tip from an "America's Most Wanted" viewer helped them track Best to Greenville, where he had been staying in an apartment rented to a cousin. Neighbors told WNCT that the apartment had been vacant for a while.

U.S. Marshals and Greenville police surrounded an apartment building in the 400 block of Paladin Drive, then used tear gas to flush Best out of the attic.

Best was transported to the Wayne County Jail, where he was held without bond.

Investigators say that Best fired a gun during an altercation, and a stray bullet struck Princess, who was on the playground at The Grand at Day Pointe apartment complex, near Day Circle and Slocumb Street. She later died at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Best was also served with a warrant for failure to appear in court March 9. He awaits trial on attempted murder and other weapons charges in the September 2008 shooting of a woman in Goldsboro.

Additionally, he was served with outstanding warrants for charges of kidnapping, assault by strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, two counts of assault on a female, three counts of communicating threats, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor breaking and entering, injury to real property and harassing phone calls.

He was scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

Best has 20 convictions dating from 1998, including possession of a firearm by a felon, assault on a female, dealing drugs and simple assault, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • Feisty Redneck Diva - Cowgirl UP Mar 17, 2011

    SO sad for the family who lost the little girl and also for the father of the man who shot the gun.

  • val7277 Mar 17, 2011

    I'm glad he is caught. But it's no need for us to make races comments. Like, " Let's hang him" and "I know the NAACP is going to get involve."
    This guy is wrong for killing the little girl. But nobody said, hang the doctor that killed the ballerina? What is the difference between two men? The Dr had a record as well....

  • chattycat Mar 17, 2011

    Another one is caught AGAIN. Why do these useless members of society keep getting out and doing the same things over and over again. And their rap sheets all look the same.

  • gmarcum Mar 17, 2011

    Where's the vigilantes when you need them?

  • domotamasi Mar 17, 2011

    I suspect the NAACP carefully picks and chooses its battles but what was accomplished by bringing comments about the NAACP into this thread? This has nothing to do with race or the advancement of anyone.

  • reality bites Mar 17, 2011

    oh you know the naacp will have their hands in this like they always do!! they always find a way to make themselves look stupid!!!

  • Raptor06 Mar 17, 2011

    I'd like to see the NAACP do something to prevent these kinds of things from being committed by "their people".

    It's not the mission of the NAACP to enforce criminal law. However, you are correct saying that something should be said. Why, because they would certainly say someting if a person from another race had committed this crime. Why not now? Maybe they will show expression of support for taking this individual off the street.

    There is no such thing as "their people." We're all the same. That's why I don't use the term "African American." That term really applies to all Americans. Africa is the continent of origin for all people, including Americans.

  • jgilchr Mar 17, 2011

    He has a record a mile long. Obviously it is a failure on the part of the system that he was free in the first place.

  • domotamasi Mar 17, 2011

    "Lord, I am so glad they caught this murderer of an innocent child. May the courts and jury give this man life in prison without parole." wildcat"

    See my earlier comment about Dr. Raymond Cook. What makes this crime a life sentence or even worse? Why not the same sentencing standard as the Cook trial? Did the shooter have malicious intent in killing the child. NOTE: I am not defending the shooter. I am merely making a point as to the disparity on how the law can judge what appears to be different crimes.

  • webberx101 Mar 17, 2011

    he looks Irish