EC man indicted for Esclip murder


Dazis Bonds


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

An Elizabeth City man indicted for first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Perquimans man earlier this year was linked to the crime by the ankle monitor he was wearing while on probation for his role in another shooting, court records show.

Dazis Bonds, 22, of the 1100 block of Wood Street, was indicted July 30 by a Pasquotank grand jury in the shooting death of 21-year-old Devon Revelle on Esclip Road on June 30. Bonds is being held without bond at Albemarle District Jail.

According to an affidavit by Sheriff's Investigator Danny Fogg, sheriff’s deputies responded to a report about 6:54 p.m. on June 30 that an unknown male had shot near Dryridge and Esclip roads. When deputies arrived, they found a man who had been shot in the forehead. They also found numerous .40 caliber shell casings in the roadway near the man’s body.

The man, identified later by fingerprints as Revelle, died on arrival at a hospital, Fogg’s statement reads. 

A key development in the case happened on July 2, when Sheriff’s Lt. Brent McKecuen received a tip that Bonds was Revelle’s alleged shooter, according to Fogg's affidavit. Later that day, Fogg and SBI Agent Rodney Parker located Bonds at his residence and questioned him. Bonds claimed he didn't know Revelle or anything about his murder, the affidavit states.

During the interview, Bonds told investigators he was on probation and wearing an ankle monitoring device, according to the affidavit. Bonds was on probation for helping another man, Jamir Brazzle, flee the scene of a shooting in July 2014 that left a local woman confined to a wheelchair.

According to Fogg’s affidavit, Sheriff's Investigator Aaron Wallio next met with state Probation and Parole Officer George Plascon. Probation and parole officials use computer software that monitors and records the positions of the monitoring devices used by probationers.

According to those records, Bonds’ ankle monitoring device was at Esclip Road at Big Fatty Creek at about 6:38 p.m. on June 30. That was the same general area where Bonds' body was discovered about 6:45 p.m. The records then show Bonds’ ankle monitoring device at his residence on Wood Street, Fogg's affidavit states.

A Pasquotank grand jury handed down the indictment charging Bonds with first-degree murder on July 30. A copy of the indictment was released recently by the Pasquotank Superior Court Clerk's Office.

At the time of Revelle’s fatal shooting, Bonds was just starting a three-year sentence of probation. Appearing before Superior Court Judge J.C. Cole on April 25 of this year, Bonds entered an Alford plea to felony accessory after the fact in connection with the shooting of Julie Reed in July 2014. An Alford plea allows the accused to maintain innocence but he’s treated as guilty by the court.

Cole sentenced Bonds to a minimum sentence of one year and two months in prison and a maximum sentence of two years and two months in prison. The judge suspended the sentence, however, and ordered Bonds to serve three years of supervised probation and pay $2,373 in court costs and fees. Cole credited Bonds with 166 days of time served in jail pending the outcome of the case.

For his part, Brazzle also entered an Alford plea in Reed’s shooting to charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle. 

The Alford plea was not Bonds’ first brush with the criminal justice system.

In August 2016, he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and possessing, selling or buying a gun with an altered serial number.

Appearing then in court, also before Judge Cole, Bonds was given an active prison sentence for the assault charge that ranged from a minimum of a year and three months to a maximum of two years and six months. The assault charge stemmed from Bonds attacking a man a with handgun in March 2016, court records show.