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Man accused in Berkeley County woman's death found in N.C.

June 18, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Virginia man accused of murdering his girlfriend in Bunker Hill, W.Va., this month was caught Thursday night outside a Charlotte, N.C., homeless shelter, Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth M. Lemaster Jr. said.

Antonio Prophet, 34, of 7627 Fairfield Woods Court, Lorton, Va., is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Angela Kay Devonshire.

A complaint police filed in court says the bodies of Devonshire, 22, and her 3-year-old son, Andre White, were found June 6 in the garage below their home at 69 Sydney's Way, off Sam Mason Road, after a fire.

Acting on a tip, U.S. Marshals based in Charlotte and the Mecklenburg County (N.C.) Sheriff's Office found Prophet sitting in front of a Charlotte homeless shelter, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. He claimed to be James Carter, but admitted who he was when he was in custody, the Marshals Service said in a news release.

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On Wednesday, police said Prophet last was seen in the Manassas, Va., area. The U.S. Marshal's Capital Area Task Force continued tracking Prophet with help from local agencies until information was obtained that he was in Charlotte, Lemaster said in a press release received Friday morning.

In the press release, Lemaster said that two members of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, Lt. Gary Harmison and Deputy M. St. Clair, were headed to Charlotte Thursday night to bring Prophet back to West Virginia after extradition proceedings are settled.

Prophet has not been charged in Andre White's death. Lemaster said a prosecutor will review the case and decide on possible charges.

The complaint filed in court says Devonshire's throat might have been cut.

Police have said Prophet and Devonshire had been dating for about two weeks, which is how long Prophet had been in West Virginia before the fire.

Firefighters were sent to Devonshire's home at 4:37 a.m. on June 6.

Court records say the fire originated in the living room area of the residence and it looked as if both victims fell through the floor of the living room area of the garage apartment as the home burned.

An assistant state fire marshal has said investigators believe the fire was intentionally set.

The Marshals Service said Prophet had been in the Charlotte area since Monday.

The Marshals Service's Mountain State Fugitive Task Force in West Virginia and Capital Area Fugitive Task Force in the Washington, D.C., metro area worked with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department and the West Virginia State Police to look for Prophet.

The agencies tracked down leads in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, California, Vermont, Florida and North Carolina, the Marshals Service said.

Anyone with additional information about the case can call the Sheriff's Office at 304-267-7000, Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999, or the West Virginia Fire Marshal Office at 1-800-233-FIRE.

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