Slaying after basketball game

Details emerge in fatal stabbing after basketball game

nophillips@thestate.comFebruary 21, 2014 

  • Police say they have murder weapon

    Police investigators found a knife buried in the backyard of a Lexington home, and they believe it is the one used to killed a Dutch Fork High School senior in a Monday fight outside a fast food restaurant.

    Kierin Dennis, 18, told Lexington Police Department investigators they could find the knife in the backyard of his neighbor’s house, said Lt. Matt Davis of the police department.

    Dennis, a 2013 Lexington High School graduate, is charged with murder in the stabbing death of 18-year-old Da’Von Capers, a Dutch Fork High senior. Dennis is being held without bond in the Lexington County Detention Center.

    Dennis was denied bond this week during a magistrate’s hearing. Under S.C. law, only circuit court judges can grant bonds in murder cases. His first circuit court appearance is scheduled for April 17.

    Chris Winston

  • Capers’ funeral

    Da’Von Capers’ funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Nazareth Baptist Church on Gervais Street in Columbia.

    Burial will follow in Lincoln Cemetery.

— Da’Von Capers was stabbed in the parking lot next to the Cook Out restaurant on West Main Street in Lexington after an intense basketball game between rival schools, Lexington and Dutch Fork. The teen bled to death after the knife slashed through his heart and liver, the Lexington County Coroner’s Office reported.

According to the police report:

Officers were called to the fast food burger restaurant at 9:40 p.m., about an hour after the basketball game ended. A 37-year-old woman who was waiting at the restaurant’s drive-through window told police that she called 911 after seeing a bunch of young people running through the parking lot toward a vehicle, the incident report said. She thought a fight was about to break out.

The incident report, written by the first officer on the scene, describes chaos.

The officer was met by 15 to 20 people who were telling her someone had been stabbed as several other vehicles were trying to pull away. The officer wrote that she tried to stop as many cars as she could.

The report also connects the stabbing to the basketball game. People on the scene told her about the basketball game and said, “An argument broke out between the Lexington High School students and the Dutch Fork High School students,” the report said.

Witnesses told the officer that the suspect, who was accompanied by several other people, had arrived in a tan, two-door Ford Explorer. That is when an argument started between the groups of students, the report said. It does not say who started the argument or how it began.

Witnesses said Capers had been standing next to the tan Explorer when he told them he had been stabbed, the report said.

The Ford Explorer already had left when police arrived, and witnesses said it had turned left out of the parking lot. Police issued a “be-on-the-lookout” notice for the Explorer.

Capers also had left by the time police arrived. Friends, who were in a Ford F150 pick up, had driven him away, the report said.

Another officer who was racing to the Cook Out was flagged down three blocks away on Main Street by people in a Lexington Urgent Care parking lot. At that point, Capers was unconscious, the report said.

The officer called for emergency medical services to come to the Urgent Care as nurses and a doctor tried to stabilize Capers.

Capers was taken by EMS to Lexington Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Nearly 20 officers from the Lexington Police Department, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the State Law Enforcement Division went to the scene. The two SLED agents collected and processed evidence at the scene.

Police have not released further details about the argument, including who started it, what was said and who was involved.


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