NC man who disappeared in middle of 2015 double murder trial arrested in Florida


WILSON, N.C. (WNCN) – A Wilson man linked to the double killing of two young women who was found guilty in November 2015 but disappeared in the middle of his trial has been located and arrested in Florida, a Wilson Police Department said spokesperson said.RELATED: Wilson Co. man found guilty of accessory to murder even though he disappeared during trial

Devon Crooms, 30, didn’t come back to court after a lunch recess during his trial on November 19, 2015, according to Wilson County Court records.

Authorities later found a disabled electronic monitoring device and began a search for Crooms.

On Nov. 14, 2015, he was released from jail on a $50,000 bond and was required to wear the electronic monitoring device.

The charges stemmed from a 2011 murder in the Five Points neighborhood in Wilson.

Crooms was arrested in Miami on May 27 for trespassing and possession of marijuana. He was given a $7,000 secured bond.

According to Wilson police, Crooms gave the alias “Jamal Walton” to arresting officers. A Wilson Police Department detective who is a member of the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force located Crooms during a routine search.

Police said Crooms was then positively identified after his fingerprints were sent to officers in Florida. He is now being charged as a fugitive of justice.

He will be held until extradition procedures are completed. The process has already started, police said.

The Wilson Police Department is encouraging anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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