Scotland County pair sought in poker house death

Staff report

Darrius D. Moore

Donta V. Pearson

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — Marlboro County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help to track down two Scotland County men wanted in connection with the shooting death of a Bennettsville man at a “poker house.”

Authorities are looking for Vershaun Pearson, 29, of Laurel Hill and Darrius D. Moore, 34, of Gibson.

There are warrants for the men accusing them of murder, armed robbery, conspiracy and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office.

Marlboro County deputies on Monday responded to 215 Grace Heights about 11 p.m. to a reported shooting and found 36-year-old Javonta Dease dead near the home’s door, according to a release issued by the department.

“It appears through the investigation that there was some type of robbery attempt and two other suspects shot at the victim multiple times near the door,” Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office said in the release.

Deputies already arrested 17-year-old Bobby Marqueet Pearson, Jr., of Laurel Hill, in connection to the crime.

He is charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, armed robbery, and conspiracy.

He was arrested Wednesday in Scotland County by the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

Bobby “BJ” Pearson was shot by another co-conspirator, and was treated at the hospital for his injuries.

Deputies said 31-year-old John Phillip Pearson, also known as T-Bizquit, of Gibson, turned himself in Thursday.

Both suspects are currently on probation.

“The building was being used as a poker house and several video poker and illegal gaming machines were found inside,” according to the release.

In 2013, deputies and SLED agents seized several video poker machines at the residence, according to the release.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of these two fugitives, call 911 or the MCSO at 843-479-5605 and ask to speak to an Investigator.

Already in custody in the incident are Bobby Pearson Jr. and Johnny Pearson.

Darrius D. Moore D. Moore

Donta V. Pearson V. Pearson

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