Man arrested for murders of a 7-year-old and her father in the Central West End

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A 28-year-old man has been arrested for the deaths of a seven-year-old and her father. The victims, Dmyah Fleming and Darrion Rankin-Fleming, were gunned down while sitting in their vehicle in the Central West End. Javonn Nettles faces first-degree murder charges and two counts of armed criminal action.

Javonn Nettles

Darrion was about to drop off Dmyah at her grandmother’s house at around 8:00 pm on January 24th in the 4000 block of Laclede when gunshots rang out. The suspect fired shots through the vehicle’s open passenger-side doors.

Officers found Darrion’s body with multiple gunshot wounds in the vehicle. Dmyah was found in the backseat with a gunshot wound. She was taken to the hospital where she died.

Family members say Dmyah was a straight “A” student, loved her father dearly and that she was the center of Darrion’s life.

A $40,000 reward was made to catch the killer by St. Louis Regional Crime Stoppers and the ATF. There were no suspects when the reward was offered in January.

Officers saw that Rankin-Fleming was communicating with Nettles immediately before the murder. Police got a warrant to search his phone during the murder investigation. The messages reveal that Nettles and Rankin-Fleming intended to meet that night. After the murder there was no communication sent from Nettles to Rankin-Fleming’s phone.

Fingerprints from outside of the victim’s vehicle at the murder scene match Nettles. The fingerprint came from the rear passenger side door.

Nettles was charged with second-degree murder in 2017. He was arrested after a police chase and crash. Officers shot and killed the driver of that vehicle after he pointed a gun at them. Nettles was also in the stolen vehicle.

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