Report: Alabama teen out on bond for 2020 murder arrested again on new murder charge

teen out on bond for  murder arrested again for murder charge
Source: Tuscaloosa Police Department

Nov. 22 2021, Published 3:14 p.m. ET

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An 18-year-old Alabama man was out on bond for a 2020 murder, but now police say he has been arrested again on charges of murdering a 19-year-old woman.

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According to authorities, Deramus Harris Jr., 18, was recently denied youthful offender status on a felony murder and attempted murder charge from a killing that occurred on Feb. 19, 2020.

Harris has been free on bond since April, police said.

On Nov. 19, 2021, the Tuscaloosa Police Department in Alabama said Harris was accused of shooting and killing 19-year-old Shania Robinson while she was inside a vehicle.

When police arrived on the scene, Robinson was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Several people were involved in the incident, witnesses said.

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Harris was arrested and charged with murder and robbery, as another man is currently wanted by police. Harris was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail on no bond, AL.com reported.

In 2020, Harris was 16 and charged with murder, as he and 22-year-old Darrion Dees encountered three juveniles walking down the street, officials noted. Harris reportedly has issues with one of them.

A fight began as Harris and Dees started firing shots at the juveniles. Police said at least two of the three in the group were armed and fired back. Dees was hit with a bullet and died during the exchange.

Officials said Harris instigated the confrontation, so he was charged in the death of Dees, authorities said.

He was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail at the time on a $330,000 bail, but was released on bond in April.

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