Man Accused of Murdering Middle School Student Has Lengthy Criminal History

MT. HOLLY, NC — A man charged with killed a Charlotte middle school student has a length criminal history.

18-year-old Darvon Fletcher will face a judge tomorrow, accused of killing 14-year-old Taylor Smith.

Detectives searched Fletcher’s family home on Turkey Point Dr. in Northwest Charlotte hours after arresting him for killing Smith in a Mount Holly park.

“He just shot her!” said park visitor, Bobby Atkison.

Fletcher lives two and a half miles from the River Street Park where visitors say they heard gunshots just after 3:00 in the afternoon Monday.

Police say they found Smith’s body with multiple gunshot wounds.

Both Smith and Fletcher are from Charlotte.

The girl’s grandmother Carolyn Lizenby said, “She was just a baby, a flower that didn’t bloom.”

Smith attended Easyway Middle School, but reports show she recently moved to Turning Point Academy.

Her grandmother and park visitors wonder why the suspect was with the girl in the first place.

“Well, he’s a kid,” said Atkison. “He’s senseless. H ain’t right. If he was right, he wouldn’t have a kid with him.”

WCCB Charlotte checked jail records and found police have arrested Fletcher four times in less than two years in Mecklenburg County.

Violations include breaking and entering, assault, parole violations, larceny, felony conspiracy, robbery and trespassing.

The most recent arrest was March 2017.

Officers say he assaulted a security guard during a shoplifting incident at Northlake Mall.

Fletcher’s family had no comment as detectives served the search warrant Tuesday.

Police also searched a home in the same neighborhood.

Police wouldn’t say what they were searching for or what they found.

As of Tuesday night, no more arrests.