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January 22, 2014

Murder charges filed in death

MT. VERNON — A lengthy police investigation has led to charges being filed in the city’s only unsolved homicide, occurring nearly 3 1/2 years ago.

Marventi D. Palmer, 27, currently incarcerated on drug-related charges in the Department of Corrections at Vienna, was formally charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Aug. 8, 2010, shooting death of Deon Feggins, 15, of Mt. Vernon.

Feggins was shot shortly after 10 p.m. in the 1800 block of Conger Avenue while riding a bicycle. Police reports indicate five or six shots were heard in the area at the time, and Feggins was shot multiple times. When found by police, Feggins had a faint pulse and was taken to Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m.

The charges state that Palmer allegedly “without lawful justification, shot Deon Feggins with a firearm, thereby causing the death of Dean Feggins, knowing that such acts created a strong probability of death or great bodily harm to Deon Feggins.”

If convicted, 25 years of up to a term of natural life will be added to the term of imprisonment imposed by the court if, during commission of the offense, the defendant personally discharged a firearm that proximately caused death to Feggins, Jefferson County State’s Attorney Doug Hoffman, filed in one of the counts.

“He’s been a suspect during the whole time period,” said Chief of Police Chris Mendenall, who said

recent developments led to a break in the case.

“It takes proof beyond a reasonable doubt for a jury, and we’ve been working this case since it happened. Through the investigation, it’s taken this much time to get enough information together that the state’s attorney feels comfortable in charging it now.”

Mendenall and Hoffman declined to elaborate on how Palmer became the prime suspect in the homicide.

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