Kevin Mauricio Arita Dejesus, 21, of Charlotte, was charged with killing Jesse Campbell, 64, late Thursday after he was picked up by police in North Carolina. Dejesus remains in custody without bond at the Mecklenburg County jail, and is scheduled for an extradition hearing Monday afternoon as York County police and prosecutors seek to bring Dejesus to South Carolina to face murder charges.
Police have not released a motive for the crime or a link between Campbell, who owned Campbell’s Greenhouse and Nursery in Charlotte’s South End, and Dejesus. The arrest came two days before Saturday’s funeral for Campbell, a well-known former teacher at Myers Park High School who grew up in Shelby. His nursery has a devoted following of orchid lovers and other plant enthusiasts.
Campbell was found shot to death by an employee Jan. 7 at his Lake Wylie waterfront home in South Carolina. The home sits at the end of a secluded street with one way in and out.
Police still are trying to determine Dejesus’ immigration status as he had a Honduran passport when arrested, York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant said.
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