Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported an arraignment today for a defendant charged with committing a 2012 Camden homicide.

William Davis, M/24, of Camden, was charged with Murder Wednesday and was arrested Friday. He is accused of shooting Dontae Perkins, M/25, of Camden, on the 200 block of Grand Avenue on December 5, 2012. Superior Court Judge Edward McBride ordered Davis held on $1.5 million bail in a hearing Monday afternoon.

The key to solving the case lay in an orthopedic boot recovered at the scene of the crime a year and a half ago. Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Scene Detective John Ellis recovered the orthopedic boot from the sidewalk near where Perkins’ body lay. A Camden Police Detective, Madrid Matthews, responded to a nonfatal shooting a few days before, on December 1, 2012, in which Davis was shot in the foot. Matthews remembered seeing Davis wearing a boot identical to the one Ellis found. Davis also lived across the street from where Perkins was shot.

The investigation determined Davis and Perkins had argued before the shooting and it is alleged this led to Davis shooting Perkins.

All persons charged with criminal offenses are innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law.

PROBABLE CAUSE STATEMENT – William Davis