A court hearing for one suspect in the fatal Christmas Day shooting of a toddler in Chapel Hill was postponed Thursday until Feb. 1.
Shaquille Oneill Davis, 22, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He is being held in the Orange County Jail under $650,000 bail.
Davis was arrested before Maleah Williams, 1, died at UNC Hospitals from a gunshot to the head. He was scheduled to appear in court this week to have his charges upgraded, but Orange-Chatham District Attorney Jim Woodall delayed the hearing.
Assistant District Attorney Lamar Proctor said the delay would give prosecutors time to work out the exact charges that Davis should face in the shooting.
Two other men – Ramone Jamarr Alston, 22, and Pierre Je Bron Moore, 23 – were charged after Maleah’s death with first-degree murder. They are being held in jail without bail.
Witnesses reported seeing a car drive into the parking lot of Trinity Court on the evening of Dec. 25, circle the lot and stop in front of a crowd of adults and children playing with their new toys.
The driver got out of the car, witnesses said, and he and the passenger both started shooting at the crowd. Their target was a man who had robbed one of them a couple of years ago, Maleah’s mother Tylena Williams said. That man was nearby but not in the crowd, she said.