A man accused of killing his neighbor in Richmond in 2009 and evading arrest since that time has been captured and charged with murder, authorities said today. Demaurier Bullard, 26, was charged with murder in Contra Costa County Superior Court earlier this week, more than four years after police say he killed 29-year-old Latoy Stevens, according to court documents.
Richmond police Detective Nicole Abetkov said Bullard is suspected of killing Stevens on March 17, 2009, after an argument over the victim playing loud music. Bullard allegedly went to Stevens’s girlfriend’s home and shot him in the neck in front of her, Abetkov said. Officers were called to the home in the 500 block of Sixth Street around 11 p.m. that night, according to police.
Police said Stevens was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses at the time told investigators they heard people arguing just before hearing the gunshots, according to police. Police quickly identified Bullard as the suspect and obtained a $1 million warrant for his arrest, but he was nowhere to be found, Abetkov said.
It wasn’t until last week that the Bullard was arrested in unincorporated Sacramento County after the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department received a tip that he was living in the area, she said. He was transported to a Contra Costa County jail earlier this week and is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment on April 30.
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