Homicide suspect leads police to murder weapon in neighbor's backyard

Kierin Marcellus Dennis (Source: Lexington Police Department)
Kierin Marcellus Dennis (Source: Lexington Police Department)

LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - Lexington police told WIS Thursday they have recovered the murder weapon used in connection with the stabbing death of a Dutch Fork High School student this week.

Da'Von Capers, 17, died Monday after police say he was stabbed during a fight near the Cook-Out Restaurant in Lexington.

Kierin Dennis, 18, has been charged with murder and possession of a deadly weapon in connection with the stabbing.

WIS talked with neighbors of the homicide suspect who say, the knife was found buried in their backyard.

"I was in shock," said Sean Penrod. "I didn't know what to think."

For Sean and his mother Donna, their backyard now turned into a crime scene.

"It made me feel like I was on 48 Hours," Donna said. "You don't think it's going to happen to you, but it does."

Donna usually looks out her bedroom window and sees trees, but on Thursday evening, she saw a different scene.

"I see five police men in my back yard digging a hole, and I'm going, what in the world," Donna said.

Lt. Matt Davis with the Lexington Police Department confirmed the knife used in the Monday night stabbing was found in the Penrod's backyard.

Davis said police met with Dennis and his lawyer and Dennis told them where the knife was buried.

"I watched them do the whole, digging it up, taking the pictures," Sean said. "It was the knife buried in a box."

The Penrod's said they can't believe their neighbor is accused of such a terrible crime.

"He takes care of the yard for his mother and I just don't understand it," Sean said. "I don't understand it."

Services for Dutch Fork student Da'Von Capers will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at First Nazareth Baptist Church in Columbia.

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