DAVIDSON COUNTY, NC (The News & Record) – An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder in the Saturday morning death of a man at a trailer park in northern Davidson County, according to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.
Victor Manuel Cervantes-Ramirez of North Wilkesboro was found at his mother’s house Saturday around noon by Wilkes County deputies after the 5 a.m. shooting and taken into custody.
Derrick Demont Dewalt, 34, was shot in the chest at his trailer home on 708 Lot 12 Frye Bridge Road and died at the scene in what appears to be a drug deal gone wrong, Davidson County Sheriff David Grice said at a news conference Saturday.
“We are operating under the assumption that it was possibly an illegal substance transaction,” Grice said, adding that several types of drugs were found within the residence. “We processed the crime scene pretty much all day and over the course of the investigation a suspect was developed.”
Cervantes-Ramirez will also be charged with attempted murder for firing a round at DeWalt’s girlfriend.
“We feel confident he was the person who in fact fired the fatal shot,” Grice said. “We understand he has 19 pending charging in Wilkes County including two attempted murders.”
Cervantes-Ramirez was held in Wilkes County before being transferred to Davidson County Jail.
Cervantes-Ramirez will be held without bond, Grice said. He is scheduled to appear in Lexington District Court on Monday.