NEW INFO: Playground Will Be Turned Into Memorial

The Goldsboro playground where Princess King was shot and killed will be torn down. In its place will be a memorial to the three-year-old.

King was playing on the playground February 27th when a bullet from 29-year-old Derrick Best's gun stuck her. Best was aiming for a man he was arguing with.

Greenville police arrested Best nearly three weeks after the shooting with the help of the U.S. Marshall Service. He had his first court appearance Friday.


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A man who police say was on the run for more than 2-1/2 weeks made his first appearance this afternoon on a charge of killing a three year old.

Derrick Best was arrested Wednesday night after a three hour police standoff at a Greenville apartment complex. The 29-year-old man was wanted for the February 27th shooting death of Princess King.

The three-year-old was gunned down while playing in a playground at her apartment complex. Police say a bullet from Best's gun struck the child, though he was aiming to shoot a man he was fighting with.

Before a full courtroom in Goldsboro, with heavy security present, Best went before Superior Court Judge Arnold Best. First appearances are usually heard before a district court judge.

Jones said he would appoint a lawyer for Best and told him if convicted he faces a maximum of life in prison plus 400 months. The judge also advised Best that the death penalty could be used in this case.

Best is being held without bond and has his next court date on April 6th.

A tip from America's Most Wanted led to his arrest in Greenville.


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The suspect in the murder of a three year old girl on a playground near her Goldsboro home is behind bars without bond.

Goldsboro Police say 29-year-old Derrick Best was arrested in Greenville Wednesday night. Best is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Wayne County Court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Best is charged with the first degree murder of 3-year-old Princess King. Police say a bullet from Best's gun struck the child on February 27, though he was aiming to shoot a man he was fighting with.

A tip from America's Most Wanted led to the dramatic arrest in Greenville.

Numerous police cars surrounded an apartment complex on Paladin Drive near Highway 43. After several hours, police took Best of Goldsboro into custody.

He was later transported back to Wayne County to face the charges.



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The suspect wanted in a shooting that left a three-year-old dead in Goldsboro was arrested in Greenville Wednesday night following a tip from America's Most Wanted

Numerous police cars surrounded an apartment complex on Paladin Drive near Highway 43. After several hours police took 29-year-old Derrick Best of Goldsboro into custody.

Police say Best will be transported back to Goldsboro to be charged with murder.

Princess King was playing on a playground near her home on Day Circle when she was shot around 3:30 p.m. on February 27th.
Goldsboro police say several other children were on the playground along with several adults nearby. Princess was rushed to Wayne Memorial Hospital where she died.

Police say the gun shots that killed Princess were not intended for her. Officials believe Best and another man were having a verbal altercation when Best grabbed a gun from his vehicle and began shooting, striking King in the process.

Goldsboro police say at the time of the shooting, Best was out on bond for shooting into a vehicle with a woman and two small children inside that happened in 2008. He made $100,000 bond seven months after the shooting, but police say since then his history of violence has continued.

Best has outstanding warrants for assault by strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, kidnapping, communicating threats, misdemeanor breaking and entering, and misdemeanor larceny and two counts of assault of a female. Police say they had been searching for him on those charges, but had no luck finding him.


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