Man wanted on murder, robbery charges in Edenton arrested in Norfolk


Derrick Lamont Phillips


Chowan Herald

Friday, October 19, 2018

EDENTON — A man wanted for murder and robbery charges in Edenton has been arrested by federal and city police in Norfolk, Virginia.

The Edenton Police Department said Derrick Lamont Phillips, 27, was taken into custody without incident at a home in the 3000 block of Sewells Point Road on Thursday. 

Authorities say Phillips was picked up on outstanding warrants for second-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. The murder charge is connected to allegations Phillips supplied heroin to a Currituck man in late 2017 who later died. The robbery charge is connected to an alleged incident that happened in March 2018. Both incidents happened in Chowan County.

According to police officials, substances believed to be narcotics were also seized during Phillips’ arrest in Norfolk, which was carried out by the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Norfolk Police Department’s Fugitive Squad and Special Operations Team.

Phillips was indicted by a Chowan County grand jury this summer on charges of second-degree murder and selling and delivering heroin. He is accused of supplying the heroin that led to the death of Chandler Davenport, 22, of Shawboro on Dec. 7, according to Patty McQuillan, a spokeswoman for the State Bureau of Investigation.

According to the N.C. Highway Patrol, Davenport was driving a 2007 Mazda north on U.S. Highway 17 shortly af­ter mid­night when the vehicle went off the right side of the road at a slow speed and came to rest in a large ditch about a mile south of the Perquimans-Pasquotank border.

When authorities reached the accident scene, they found Davenport unresponsive and halfway out of the vehicle. A woman in the vehicle with him was also unresponsive, authorities said. Davenport later died.

According to an autopsy report released by the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Davenport died as a result of a toxic mixture of heroin and carfentanil, the latter a highly potent opioid. Both Davenport and the woman in the car reportedly had been using heroin, the medical examiner’s report said.

McQuillian said District Attorney Andrew Womble and Perquimans Sheriff Shelby White asked the SBI for help in investigating Davenport’s overdose-related death. Womble has indicated previously that, in responding to the ongoing opioid crisis more aggressively, he plans to prosecute fatal overdose cases as homicides.

In an unrelated matter, Phillips was indicted in Chowan on March 23 on a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon. According to court documents, Phillips allegedly threatened Troy Coston with a semi-automatic handgun in March, stealing both a cellphone and $1,000 in cash from him.

N.C. Public Safety records show Phillips has a prior history of criminal convictions that go back more than a decade. He was convicted in May 2014 of conspiracy to commit common law robbery in Washington County. He also was convicted in September 2013 of assault on a female in Chowan County. He also has convictions in Chowan for larceny in November 2008 and assault on a school official in December 2007.