Man wanted for murder apparently wanted to be seen on social media
It's definitely a new generation, one that can't recall life without social media and one that can't seem to stay off social media.
Take, for example, Derquavious Kier, who managed to keep people posted online in recent weeks, despite being wanted for murder. Kier finally was captured on Thursday night, as law enforcement closed in on an apartment in Riverbend, where Kier was found hiding underneath a pile of clothes and blankets. The Milledgeville Police Department was assisted by the U.S. Marshal's Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Courtesy of the Milledgeville Police Department
Also arrested was Shymecia Lewis, who was charged with harboring a fugitive. Lewis also had several outstanding warrants, according to an MPD media release.
Kier posted five different music videos on Youtube earlier this month, including one titled "INNOCENT."
In each of the videos, Kier goes into detail about various shooting incidents, which might not be the greatest thing for his legal defense...
Kier was wanted in connection with the Nov. 25 murder of Desmond Rivers in Duplex City, which is a cluster of aging apartments and unkempt yards off of Ivey Weaver Road. Rivers, 16, was fatally shot while in the passenger’s seat of a Toyota Corolla. Kier actually was in the car with Rivers when Rivers was shot and killed.
Kier, Rivers, Dillion Chapman and a 14-year-old drove to Duplex City to settle a score with rival gang members, according to law enforcement. The group then spotted the Dodge Charger that they'd been looking for and opened fire. Several men in the Charger returned fire, however, which is when Rivers was fatally wounded. The group in the Corolla then abandoned the car in the back of the neighborhood and took off on foot, while Rivers sat lifeless in the front seat.
Chapman and the juvenile were arrested within 24 hours, while Kier remained on the run for almost a month.
Following the incident, the bullet-riddled Charger was pulled over on Dunlap Road, and all four occupants were detained. None of the four people in the Charger were ever arrested, however, and the District Attorney's Office essentially concluded that it was self-defense.
This actually isn't a first-of-its-kind case in Baldwin County, and something very similar occurred back in 2017. Eventually sentenced to "life plus 60 years" in that case were Malik Taylor and J.T. Goodman. Taylor and Goodman were both passengers in a Pontiac Grand Prix that was involved in a drive-by shooting on Central Avenue. Another man in the Grand Prix – Jyleel Solomon – was shot once by a man in the yard who returned fire, and Solomon later passed away.
"Two words," Assistant District Attorney Brent Cochran told jurors during opening of the trial. "Felony and murder."
Taylor's most recent Depatment of Corrections photo
Cochran then explained how "murder" is defined as "causing the death of another during the commission of a felony." In this instance, according to Cochran, the two defendants "caused" the death of their friend while committing a felony, which was the drive-by shooting.
Solomon, who was 23, rounded up several of his friends "after he was jumped at homecoming" and later "followed around the mall" by another group of men, according to prosecutors. Solomon met up in the Milledgeville Manor with his friends. The men then loaded three firearms, including an AK-47 rifle with a 30-round clip, according to the prosecution.
Goodman's most recent Department of Corrections photo
The group then left the Manor and drove to the intersection of Third Avenue and Central Avenue, cutting off the headlights. The Grand Prix then slowed down before its occupants began exchanging gunfire with a man who was standing in his front yard. In the process, a woman in the yard was shot in the buttocks while running away. Solomon was shot in the head inside of the vehicle during the exchange of gunfire, and he later passed away.
After being found guilty by a jury and during sentencing, Taylor looked straight down at the floor, shaking his head and fighting back his emotions. Goodman, meanwhile, sat motionless, staring straight ahead. The writing was on the wall, and each man knew that he'd never see freedom again.