Arrest made in Lancaster killing

LANCASTER -- Police in Lancaster arrested a man late Monday who they say committed the city's first murder of 2008.

Police charged Bildrick Lamont Green, 24, with murder in the death of 21-year-old Derrick Demond Davis, who was shot twice in an apartment complex on the west side of town early Monday.

Davis was shot in the chest and arm at about 3 a.m. at Pardue Street Apartments off S.C. 9, Lancaster police reports state. He died shortly after at Springs Memorial Hospital.

Police have released few details about the incident but say Green and Davis knew each other.

"The officers believe that this shooting was the result of an argument that took place between the victim and the suspect," Capt. Harlean Howard said.

Howard said she does not think the shooting was drug- or gang-related.

Monday's arrest was not Green's first run-in with the law. His criminal record includes convictions on drug, weapon and assault charges, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

As of Jan. 31, 2007, Green was no longer on probation, a spokesman for the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services said Tuesday.

Lancaster County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tom Holland said cases such as this one shed light on an overburdened, underfunded judicial system.

"There's not enough judges, there's not enough solicitors, there's not enough police," he said. "We arrest people all the time, and we can't keep up with what we've got. They get arrested, and that's where it ends just because there's not enough resources to prosecute them adequately."

Holland was quick to point out that the problem isn't the fault of any one agency, but rather the result of a struggling system.

"Honestly, what it boils down to is the overload on the solicitor's office," he said. "They don't have the facilities to handle it or the manpower or the money."

Green is being held in the Lancaster County Detention Center without bond.