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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  • by KaMya Location: NC on Jan 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    This story is so sad and unbelievable especially when I grew up with Princess' mom and Derrick Best and know them both personally. We all went to school high school 2gether. Derrick of course dropped out but i never thought from elementary school on up that he would grown up to be a KILLER. The neighbor in which princess died is an unsafe neighborhood for a child to play and i agree the playground should be torn down and a memorial should be built for Princess... I don't think Derrick should die.. but he should get life in prison without parole and suffer.. the death penalty for him is an easy way for him to go to HELL... he should have the rest of his life to sit and think about what he did.... and then go to hell and BURN..... Im surprise they found him so fast.. GOLDSBORO POLICE DEPT and Govt is corrupt. everything that happens is kept away from the media... Goldsboro is not a safe place for anyone to live especially when crooked cops, firemen, and govt officials can do whateva to people in the city and get away with it... Thanx to america's most wanted derrick was found quick.. GOLDSBORO POLICE DEPT u can cool believe wasn't even really looking for him... and he was right in greenville only about 40miles away.. please
  • by KaMya Location: NC on Jan 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM
    This story is so sad and unbelievable especially when I grew up with Princess' mom and Derrick Best and know them both personally. We all went to school high school 2gether. Derrick of course dropped out but i never thought from elementary school on up that he would grown up to be a KILLER. The neighbor in which princess died is an unsafe neighborhood for a child to play and i agree the playground should be torn down and a memorial should be built for Princess... I don't think Derrick should die.. but he should get life in prison without parole and suffer.. the death penalty for him is an easy way for him to go to HELL... he should have the rest of his life to sit and think about what he did.... and then go to hell and BURN..... Im surprise they found him so fast.. GOLDSBORO POLICE DEPT and Govt is corrupt. everything that happens is kept away from the media... Goldsboro is not a safe place for anyone to live especially when crooked cops, firemen, and govt officials can do whateva to people in the city and get away with it... Thanx to america's most wanted derrick was found quick.. GOLDSBORO POLICE DEPT u can cool believe wasn't even really looking for him... and he was right in greenville only about 40miles away.. please
  • by Heather Location: Greenville on Mar 23, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    It's horrible that this innocent child died on a playground but a memorial? It's like all the crosses and flowers on the side of the road where vehicle accidents have claimed lives. These loved ones have died horribly and people want to memorialize that? There's a place for everything. Like the cemetary.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Mar 23, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    Very strange. If they really want to memorialize this girl they should make the park better not tear it down. They should also not waste money on this guys trial and send him straight to the electric chair. Here a life for a life is appropriate justice. The world will be a better place without this guy around. To bad we did not get to find out what contributions that young girl had the potential to make in the world.
  • by crewdog Location: welfare city Goldsboro on Mar 22, 2011 at 07:56 AM
    This is another fine example of Goldsboro's weak leadership. The cities problems will never get fixed as long as the Mayor and his cronies are still calling the shots. It's all about getting that tax, state and government money to continue building there little New York.
  • by gboronative@dave&momof2 on Mar 21, 2011 at 07:40 PM
    true dat. cant argue with you on that. was he that bad in school too? smh i never noticed. maybe because it was worth it. but you're right he asked for what's happening. i couldn't even begin to think about losing my little girl.
  • by Torn Down on Mar 21, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    Good response - over react a little. Going to take a place where kids can play and stay out of trouble away because of one act by a thug? Just not right.
  • by Emily Location: Williamston on Mar 21, 2011 at 09:14 AM
    I mean no disrespect...but why not do a fundraiser in her honor to put more equipment in memory of her? Why would someone tear down a playground and take other children's play area away? There are other way to memorialize her without having to tear a playground down and erect something that wouldn't be useful. Why not leave the playground and try to get its official name as something mindful of her?
  • by Playground? Location: Greenville on Mar 21, 2011 at 05:20 AM
    Why would they tear down the playground? I realize a precious child lost her life there but why punish other children by not having an area to play? And if the neighborhood is bad anyway, this is not going to save another child's life.
  • by Anonymous Location: onslow county on Mar 21, 2011 at 05:06 AM
    I understand the memorial . But I don't understand why the playground needs to be torn down . Now he is hurting all the kids in the area . If this is an area that Princess enjoyed , with other kids . Make a special new spot in her name . Don't let people like this take our lives away from us . If this play ground get torn down , what will be for them to do now. This was their play ground first , lets keep it that way.. My prays to the family and friend of this child.
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