Man charged in Claiborne case previously spoke with NBC12

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The same man who talked with NBC12 about the disappearance of his best friend's girlfriend is now charged in the Tameka Claiborne murder case.

Darren Fenceroy is charged with accessory after the fact to a felony, a misdemeanor. NBC12 spoke with him as police searched for his friend, murder suspect Michael Solomon.

Fenceroy, 27 lives in Prince George County, where he is now charged.

Two days after his best friend's girlfriend disappeared last month, Fenceroy spoke with NBC12 about Solomon and his relationship with Claiborne.

At that time, he said he was worried about both.

The night of July 22, Fenceroy, the boyfriend of Solomon's sister, had this message for his closest friend.

"I love you your family loves you your sister has been crying every night in the house we just want to know you are alright," said Fenceroy during that interview.

Solomon and his girlfriend, Claiborne, had been missing.  Claiborne's son was found wandering in Chesterfield and police feared for Claiborne's safety.

Three days later, the Richmond mother's body was found in the James River in Charles City County.

One day before Solomon's arrest, Fenceroy told NBC12 he hadn't spoken to Solomon since the Sunday before Claiborne disappeared.

A Richmond prosecutor says he believes Fenceroy helped move Solomon's car after Solomon surrendered to police.

Solomon's car had been spotted in Hopewell the day after Claiborne vanished.

Solomon is charged with first degree murder in Claiborne's death. 

During this interview, Fenceroy said it was upsetting that police called Solomon a person of interest.  At that time, Fenceroy said his friend wouldn't hurt a fly.

 "They don't know if two people are harmed here they just saying a person of interest you don't know if he's dead or alive what if they're dead together," said Fenceroy.

Fenceroy has already been arraigned on the misdemeanor accessory charge.  He'll be back in Prince George County court next Monday.

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