Orthopedic Boot Key to Solving 2012 Killing: Prosecutor

By Daniel Macht
|  Monday, Jun 16, 2014  |  Updated 5:29 PM EDT
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Orthopedic Boot Key to Solving Killing: Prosecutor

NBC10.com

An orthopedic boot left behind at the scene of a 2012 New Jersey slaying was the clue that led to the arrest of the victim's accused killer, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said.

William Davis, 24, of Camden, was arraigned at Superior Court in Camden Monday, following his arrest last week in connection with the Dec. 5, 2012, fatal shooting of Dontae Perkins, 25. Judge Edward McBride ordered Davis held on $1.5 million bail.

An orthopedic boot was found on the sidewalk near Perkins’ body, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. Davis died of multiple gunshot wounds, the medical examiner found.

The prosecutor’s office said a break in 1.5-year-old case came when a Camden police detective remembered having seen Davis wearing a boot, identical to the one that was found, while investigating another shooting from four days earlier.

Davis had been shot in the foot in that Dec. 1, 2012, shooting.

Investigators determined that Davis and Perkins had argued before Davis allegedly shot Perkins across the street from where Davis lived, the prosecutor’s office said.

It was not immediately clear what attorney was representing Davis.

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