Crime & Courts

Man accused in greenhouse owner’s slaying extradited to York from Charlotte


More than a month after being arrested in Charlotte in connection with the shooting death of his former employer in Lake Wylie, the Honduran immigrant accused in the shooting was extradited to York County on Monday to face a murder charge.

Kevin Dejesus, 22, left the Mecklenburg County jail at 8:45 a.m. Monday in the custody of York County sheriff’s deputies, sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris said.

Dejesus was arrested Jan. 21 by police in Charlotte after he was charged with murder in connection with the killing of Jesse Campbell, 65, at Campbells’ home on the shores of Lake Wylie. Campbell was killed Jan. 6 in a crime that shocked neighbors in the quiet, upscale neighborhood.

Two weeks later, police said pieces of a broken taillight found at Campbell’s home matched the truck Dejesus was driving when he was arrested.

Campbell owned Campbell’s Greenhouse & Nursery in Charlotte’s South End, and his death stunned friends and longtime loyal customers. He was also well known as a former biology teacher in Mecklenburg and Gaston counties in North Carolina.

Dejesus faces up to life in prison in South Carolina if convicted of murder. He had fought extradition from North Carolina until the governors of both states signed extradition warrants for him to be moved. Dejesus will be held without bond.

Dejesus must have a court appearance before a magistrate now that he has been officially brought to South Carolina, but only a Circuit Court judge can set bond in a murder case, so Dejesus will be in jail for at least several weeks before he can ask for bond.

Although Dejesus qualified for a North Carolina public defender, who represented him in the extradition fight, Dejesus will have to ask for a lawyer in York County and then have a judge review his income to see if he qualifies here.

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