Man faces first-degree murder charge in overnight shooting


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington teen is dead after an overnight shooting. His suspected killer is in jail without bond.

It was an emotional scene for Demarius Kelly and his mother after his first appearance in court Monday morning. Investigators say the 20-year-old shot and killed Harry Eason, 19, Sunday night.

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Kelly wiped away tears as he stood before a judge. Hours earlier, it was residents in a normally quiet Ogden neighborhood who were scared.

“I peeked my head out the window, and there are 20 cops on my street chasing a man down,” neighbor Mary Kate Dudley said.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says a fight broke out between several men on Alamosa Drive late Sunday night. When investigators got to the scene they found Eason dead.

Deputies say Kelly left the scene after the shooting but was arrested early Monday morning.

“I really didn’t expect that at all, especially in this neighborhood,” Dudley said.

Dudley says she did not know what exactly led to the shooting, but one of her neighbors said they were asleep when the fatal shots were fired.

“We talked to them, and they said it was over something silly,” Dudley said.

The StarNews reports the woman who lives at the home said the fight started over a dirt bike kept in the garage and that the suspect and the victim were friends. When we went to the home a woman told us she had no comment.

District Attorney Ben David says kelly will likely face more charges. He also faces several failure to appear charges, according to the New Hanover County Jail website.