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Emotions run as Goldsboro shooting suspect faces judge

Posted March 18, 2011

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— Two Goldsboro families were in mourning Thursday as Derrick Raymont Best faced a judge on charges that he shot 3-year-old Princess Shelby King.

"He's in the courtroom like he has no remorse for what he did to my 3-three-year-old niece, like she asked for it," sobbed Christal Pixley.

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Best was arrested late Wednesday after a three-hour standoff with police in Greenville. He had been on the run since Princess was shot in a Goldsboro playground Feb. 27. 

Goldsboro police said a tip from an "America's Most Wanted" viewer helped them track Best to a Greenville apartment that was rented to his cousin. 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.

Best's father, Charles, was in court to support his son, but said he feels for King's family.

"I am sorry for what happened and would appreciate if everyone would give them my sympathy. It's a crime," he said.

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.

"I want to see him suffer, the same way he made my niece suffer," Pixley said.

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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  • clickhere Mar 24, 2011

    20 convictions and on the street. What a joke our legal system is.

  • magbud1998 Mar 18, 2011

    I was born and raised in Goldsboro, and I left it to the criminals years ago. The lower income housing was spread all over town, in small pockets, the assumtion being that through assimilation (or osmosis, for that matter) crime would be kept under control and we would all live cherry lives. Well, it tossed Goldsboro into the cesspool that it now is. Even the mayor is fed up, see recent Goldsboro News Argus interviews. Those who could, fled to suburban enclaves (only to dabble in Goldsboro politics and social organizations to the degree that it would insure their name in history - even if their ideas were fought by city residents - the whole town is own it's head. Toss in that merchandising Vegas strip of Berkeley Blvd., clogged with base personnel who zip out and zip in of the base - wholed up in a secure environ, and you get the picture. Rev. Barbour graduated High School there - and he should be finding more to do in his own community, rather than defending the actions of a pr

  • Winston Mar 18, 2011

    How much money would county justice systems make if they locked up all violent criminals for 50 years? Not much. That's why it'll NEVER happen....justice systems in the U.S. LOVE repeat offenders...it's a money gravy train.

  • shortcake53 Mar 18, 2011

    kbrian, I know how to read and comprehend. I'm not the only one who commented on imtoofast's post. Maybe you should read it again............

  • davido Mar 18, 2011

    Well, hopefully he has a nice career ahead of him in the license plate division..

    Th*g life is the only thing this guy knows, which is itself a tragedy, but he will pay now.

  • wasone Mar 18, 2011

    Question...How many convictions does it take to kill a child?

  • kbrianf Mar 18, 2011

    shortcake, i think you may have misunderstood imtoofast's comment. imtoofast wasn't placing the blame for this guy's crime on "the system." i'm fairly sure they meant that, with 20 prior convictions, he should have never have been out on the street to begin with. in that regard, the system is, indeed, broken and broken bad.

  • jessicaanderson0403 Mar 18, 2011

    Imtoofast, I disagree with you, the system did not make this guy fire a gun and kill an innocent child. When we we stop blaming the system for criminal's behavior and hold these people accountable for the OWN actions?

  • Raptor06 Mar 18, 2011

    We've had health care reform; now it's time for reform of our criminal justice system. I know we like to brag that it's the best in the world, but it's not. Our system seeks justice, not truth. I believe that's why we've had too many innocent people go to jail and guilty people walk around freely.

  • shortcake53 Mar 18, 2011

    imtoofast... the "system" didnt force him to commit crimes, he did that all on his own. "Raking him over the coals" is certainly justified.