Cops: Chester County killer surrenders
A 19-year-old Chester County man surrendered to authorities Thursday night four days after allegedly killing his step-father and fleeing their home naked.
Deviane Justin Scott, of Caln Township, was charged with murder in a warrant issued for his arrest. Authorities said Scott, who was considered armed and dangerous, turned himself in to detectives at the county Justice Center.
Scott had just emerged from taking a shower on Monday when his step-father, Joseph Durham, asked him to walk the family dog.
The step-father’s request triggered a shouting match. Durham confronted Scott in his bedroom. The two traded punches as they tumbled onto Scott’s bed.
Scott’s mother, Michele Durham, announced she was calling police. She grabbed her cell phone but the battery was dead, investigators said. She grabbed her two younger children, led them out of the house, jumped in her car and called 911 on the way to the Caln police station.
Back at the family’s townhouse on Thorndale Place, Michele Durham met with officers and let them into the home.
Inside, police saw spent shell casings on the floor and proceeded cautiously.
As they ascended to the second floor, they noted more shell casings, bullet holes in the walls, and blood smeared on a wall at the top of the stairs. An officer called out to see if anyone was home. Joseph Durham answered that he’d been shot by his son and that the son had fled to a friend’s house. He added there was a gun in the room. The officer told Durham to throw the gun out of the room. There was no response. According to court papers, the officers withdrew to await backup.
The reinforcements deployed a robot on the second floor. Inside the master bedroom, Durham lay dead. Blood was smeared throughout the house.
Detectives recovered 10 shell casings from a .40-caliber handgun, but did not find the weapon.
Witnesses told police they had seen a naked man leaving the residence walking with a young woman.
Another witness told investigators that Scott had left the townhouse and said he had been in a fight.
According to court papers, the second witness gave Scott a gun. Scott returned to the townhouse. The second witness said he heard shots fired. Following the blasts, the witnesses said Scott fled with his sister to Philadelphia.
Police searched Scott’s 2000 BMW parked in front of the townhouse and recovered $3,000 in cash and marijuana packed in small bags, according to the affidavit.
In addition to murder, Scott was charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault and multiple weapon and drug counts.
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