North Carolina Murder Suspect Arrested in Laurel

The suspect arrested along I-95 by Maryland State Police.

A North Carolina man wanted in a murder was arrested Tuesday at a rest stop near Laurel, according to the Maryland State Police.

Darius J. Smotherson, 19, of Kannapolis, NC was wanted by the Kannapolis Police Department in a May 21 murder that happened in that city, according to police. Authorities said they believed that Smotherson took a bus from Atlanta headed to Baltimore and contacted police in Maryland.

On Tuesday morning, a passenger bus from Atlanta arrived at the northbound welcome center on I-95 near Route 32 in Laurel. Smotherson was seen getting off the bus with other passengers, police said. He was subsequently taken into custody by police. Detectives from the Kannapolis Police Department will initiate extradition proceedings, according to police.


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