Daniel Scott Remington confessed to killing a nurse in the parking lot of a Cary apartment complex shortly after he was arrested early Sunday morning, according to a search warrant released Wednesday.
The warrant says Remington told a detective he had tried to take Wendy Jean Johnson's purse in the parking lot of the Hyde Park apartments on Friday night and that she had resisted.
Remington also told Cary police detective J.A. Young where he could find a revolver, Young told a magistrate when he asked for the warrant that allowed him to search Johnson’s car. Police believe Remington used the gun the night Johnson was killed.
Remington, 36, is charged with murdering Johnson, 58, who was shot Friday night outside apartments in the 200 block of Hyde Park Court and died at Duke University Hospital. Johnson, who lived in Sanford, was a home-care nurse and had been assigned to overnight care of a special-needs child who lives in the apartment complex.
Johnson was shot about 11 p.m. Police identified Remington, who lived less than 2 miles away, as a suspect by 4 a.m. Saturday, Young said.
Cary police learned that Remington was driving a Chevrolet Impala with a Tennessee license plate. Police in Fayetteville found the car at about 11 p.m. Saturday and found and arrested Remington at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
In the search warrant application, Young wrote that during questioning at the Fayetteville police station Remington admitted that he had approached Johnson as she got out of her Dodge Dart in the parking lot of the Hyde Park apartments.
“Johnson attempted to prevent Remington Jr. from taking her purse from her possession prior to being shot by Remington Jr. and Remington Jr. fleeing the area,” Young wrote.
Young said he had recovered a gun, but not Johnson’s purse or the clothing police think Remington wore the night of the shooting.
“Remington Jr. advised that the clothing he wore during the criminal offense may be located within the 2013 Chevrolet Impala,” Young wrote.
The list of things that police found and took as evidence from either the Impala or Johnson’s Dart included clothing, a pair of tennis shoes, “one small box containing unspent ammunition,” blood swabs, a dollar bill and a personal check.
The purse is not listed.
The warrant does not say who owns the Tennessee-registered Chevrolet. It says Johnson’s keys were found in the parking lot by her Dodge.
Early Wednesday, Cary police charged a woman who lived with Remington with lying to police about whether Remington had told her about the killing when they talked on Saturday.
Jessica Renee Parrisher, 28, whose address is listed as the same apartment at 501 Goosneck Drive where Remington lives, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to a felony and held in lieu of $100,000 bail.