70 shots fired from 7 guns at fatal mansion party, prosecutor says

CHESTERFIELD, Va. – There were over 70 shots fired from at least seven guns at the “mansion party” where two people died on Sept. 4, confirmed Chesterfield Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Ken Nickels.

Nickels was in court for the bond hearings of two of the suspects charged in the case, and he argued that neither defendant should be granted bail.

Seven arrests have been made in connection to the party, held a home under construction in the 15000 block of Chesdin Green Way, in Lake Chesdin, Chesterfield.

All seven defendants, who are between the ages of 18-21, were charged with gang participation. Six were also charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in relation to the incident. Devontrey Harris was the only suspect not charged with second-degree murder, but was the only one charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Duval Turner, Jr., 22 of Richmond and Marc Starkes, 22 of Amelia, were both found dead at the house party. A third person  was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police previously said that when shots rang out, around 300 people were there.

These seven suspects have been charged in connection with the Chesterfield mansion party murders

These seven suspects have been charged in connection with the Chesterfield mansion party murders

There were over 70 shell casings recovered from the scene, and Nickels confirmed that police recovered 10 firearms so far through search warrants – but they have not all yet been matched forensically.

Dijon Bowles and Kendric Hill appeared in court Thursday, information first reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and confirmed through Nickels.

Nickels told the judge that both defendants had been photographed leaving from a party where one person died and two were injured, on July 24. Those circumstances match a shooting in the 1300 block of Broad Street, near Virginia Commonwealth University, where Erik R. McCorkle, 24, of Henrico County, died.

Lawyers said that neither defendant participated in the fatal shootings at the mansion party, according to the RTD. Bowles' lawyer said that his client went outside when he heard a gun discharge, and from the vehicle he heard other gunshots, just before they drove away.

The judge denied  bond for both defendants.

The suspects arrested:

  • Djion C. Bowles, 20, of the 2900 block of Blendwell Road in Richmond;
  • Kennson Clairsaint, 20, of the 2700 block of Geneva Drive in Richmond;
  • Corey T. Harris, 19, of the 3200 block of Kingsdale Road in Chesterfield;
  • Kendric R. Hill, 20, of the 4100 block of Mallard Landing Circle in Chesterfield;
  • Devin D. Taylor, 21, of the 4000 block of Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond;
  • Tevon J. Todd, 18, of the 2900 block of Burley Ridge Terrace in Chesterfield; and
  • Devontrey Harris, 18, of the 11600 block of Waterford Drive in Chesterfield

The investigation remains ongoing.  Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or http://www.crimesolvers.net.