• Man wanted in girlfriend's murder accused of killing friend in Ballantyne

    By: Glenn Counts


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A man who is on the run after killing his girlfriend in Lancaster County six months ago is now wanted for the murder of his friend in Ballantyne, according to police.

    Investigators said Derrick Allen McIlwain, 41, killed 45-year-old Alvin Fletcher Thursday after an altercation at a townhome along Paperback Circle, near Providence Road West and Lancaster Highway.

    The two men were reportedly friends.

    McIlwain is also wanted for the murder of his girlfriend, Kimberly Alger. She was found dead in May behind a vacant mobile home off Spirit Road in Lancaster County.

    "She was the kind of person that saw the good in everybody," said Kristen Deya, Alger's sister.

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    Detectives believe McIlwain could be in North Carolina, South Carolina or the Atlanta area. Officials said he is armed and dangerous.

    Deya said the suspect doesn't have the means to support himself, so she is pleading for anyone who may be assisting him to stop and turn him in.

    "He has now killed two people and I don't think he is going to stop. He has nothing to lose," said Deya. "Nobody is safe from the hands of Derrick."

    (Derrick Allen McIlwain)

    Thursday's homicide happened just before 4 p.m. at Fletcher's townhouse.

    Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the scene, where we could see several patrol cars and crime scene tape roping off the area. 

    "A little uneasy. Windows and doors are being locked tonight, for sure," neighbor Austin Williams said.

    Police said Fletcher sustained "knife wounds," which caused his death.

    "I can't tell you where on the body the trauma was sustained," CMPD Maj. Ryan Butler said. "I just know from the officers, who first responded, the victim had sustained significant trauma."

    Butler said authorities are still trying to figure out what led to the fight.

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    "Derrick doesn't love anybody but himself. He is a true, true coward. He is the true meaning of a coward," said Deya.

    Fletcher's death was the 92nd homicide in the city of Charlotte this year.

    Check back for updates on this developing story.

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