Wilmington man indicted on murder, arson charges in December fire

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Harry Levert Davis
Harry Levert Davis

A Wilmington man has been indicted on multiple felony charges–including first-degree murder–in connection with a house fire that killed a woman and a teenage girl in December 2014.

Harry Levert Davis, 24, of North 30th Street, was indicted March 30 on charges of first-degree arson, two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder, according to court records.

Davis has been charged in connection with the deaths of 51-year-old Pamela Pickett and 14-year-old Makayla Pickett, who died in a house fire on Lingo Street on Dec. 23, 2014.

The fire was reported at 1901 Lingo St. just after 5 a.m., according to Wilmington Fire Department Battalion Chief David Hines. According to the indictments, five people–including the woman and teenager who died–were inside the home at the time of the fire.

Three women escaped the fire and were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not considered non-life-threatening. Fire investigators ruled the house fire was intentionally set, Hines said.

Davis was arrested the following day on unrelated charges. He was later charged in connection with the fatal fire, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, Davis has been convicted of two misdemeanors and three felonies, including possession of a firearm by a felon, larceny, and breaking and entering. His most recent conviction was on the firearm charge in May 2012.

Davis is being held at the New Hanover County jail without bond, according to jail records. He is scheduled to make an appearance in New Hanover County Superior Court on May 11.