A court hearing is set for Thursday in the death of a Charlotte greenhouse owner at his Lake Wylie home.
Kevin Dejesus, 22, allegedly in the country illegally from Honduras, is charged with murder in the shooting death of Jesse Campbell, 65, the owner of Campbell’s Greenhouse in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte. Authorities say DeJesus was doing yard work at Campbell’s home.
An employee found Campbell shot to death Jan. 6 in his lakefront York County home, after Campbell did not show up for work. Arrest warrants allege DeJesus confessed in “admissions” to police.
Court officials including lawyers for DeJesus declined to comment on the action expected at Thursday’s hearing but confirmed scheduling for 2 p.m. at the Moss Justice Center in York.
DeJesus has remained in jail without bond ever since being extradited to South Carolina from North Carolina when deputies linked a broken taillight found at the scene to DeJesus’ truck. Jail officials confirmed that the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, informally known as ICE, has had a detainer on DeJesus since his arrest.
DeJesus is in the country illegally, according to an immigration detainer on him at the York County jail. Any potential federal deportation action would come after any court action has run its course, said Bryan Cox, an ICE spokesman.
“In no way does (the detainer) trump any criminal case,” Cox said.
Thursday’s hearing will require an interpreter. DeJesus did not speak English and needed an interpreter in February when he last appeared in court.