Sunday, February 5, 2023

Man arrested in Saturday night shooting of 20-year-old

Wilmington Police Department announced 25-year-old Malik Delquan Jones has been charged in the murder of 20-year-old Jakai Dekine

WILMINGTON — An arrest has been made in a homicide that took place on the southside of Wilmington Saturday night.

The Wilmington Police Department have charged 25-year-old Malik Delquan Jones in the murder of 20-year-old Jakai Dekine. Jones is being held without bond at the New Hanover County Detention Center on multiple charges:

  • First degree murder
  • Discharging a firearm in an enclosure
  • Discharging firearm in city limits

Dekine was killed on June 25 at 10:45 p.m. in the 1500 block of S. 11th Street at Greenfield Street. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

“We are thankful for the dedication and the collaborative efforts of our officers in making this arrest,” Chief Donny Williams said in a statement. “I also want to thank our community for their continued support.”

Detectives continue to investigate the case and request anyone with information contact the WPD at 910-343-3609.

Anonymous tips can be sent using Tip 411. Messages can be sent to 847411 using the keyword “WPDNC,” add a space, and type the information. The Wilmington NC PD app is also accessible to help field information to police.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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