Wanted murder suspect arrested in February shooting, held without bond

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William Springer
William Springer

WILMINGTON — U.S. Marshals and Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department have arrested a murder suspect wanted in the city.

William Shemont Springer, 32, of Wilmington, who has been charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 5 shooting death of 28-year-old Montreal Holmes, according to Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

Holmes was killed in a shooting that occurred at 515 S. Ninth St. at about 2:30 a.m. that day. Officers responded to a report of shots fired and found two males who had suffered gunshot wounds.

The men were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center via EMS for treatment. Holmes was pronounced dead on arrival. A 34-year-old male victim was also treated for serious injuries.

Lindsay said that Springer was picked up Sunday morning around 7:30 a.m., on Emory St. He is charged first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, Springer has been previously convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon in July 2004. He was also convicted of common law robbery in 2003, and disorderly conduct in 2000.

Springer was booked at the New Hanover County Detention Facility without bond.