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Emotions run as Goldsboro shooting suspect faces judge

Posted March 18, 2011 6:06 a.m. EDT

— 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.

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.