Double murder suspect awaits video arraignment

Published: Dec. 24, 2011 at 11:51 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 27, 2011 at 3:42 PM EST
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Kaiden Burnside
Kaiden Burnside
Jamal Louis Clemons
Jamal Louis Clemons

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jamal Clemons is scheduled for a video arraignment at the Richmond General District Court. Police say more charges are expected.

Police arrested 27-year-old Jamal Clemons Monday afternoon in Whitcomb Court.  They said he's responsible for the Christmas Eve crime spree, which left two people dead and a little boy missing for seven hours.

There was a sigh of relief Monday night with this alleged murderer and kidnapper off the streets.  No one knew if the violence that plagued Christmas Eve would continue during the tense two hour arrest operation.

It was almost like something out of a Hollywood movie but in Whitcomb Court.

When police asked, suspect Jamal Clemons would not come out of the Bethel Street apartment, where we're told his significant other lives.  So, acting on Crime Stoppers tips and reported sightings, a task force went in as neighbors looked on in disbelief.

Residents told NBC12 this was a very scary situation as most of them didn't know what they call a notorious killer was hiding among them.

Just about five minutes later, Clemons was in cuffs.

"He gave himself up on his own voluntarily without any incident, harm, damage to people or property," explained Lt. John McRoy.

The damage had already been done.  Police said Christmas Eve Clemons shot and robbed two people just a block away from his North 35th Street home.  He fled, allegedly stealing a car with two-year-old Kaiden Burnside in the backseat.  Kaiden was found unharmed seven hours later in a cemetery.

This is just the latest run-in with the law for Clemons.  Court records show felony drug, robbery and gun charges.

Neighbors said the home where Clemons lives is the heart of what has become "an open air market for drugs."  One of the victims in Saturday's killings let drifters, including those allegedly involved in the drug activity, stay in his home.  In a 2010 interview with NBC12, Eddie Lee Bowmer lamented the violence that ultimately claimed his life.

"It's very sad, to me it is," he said.  "I mean, it's human life."

That July 2010 murder actually happened right outside the house where Jamal and his mother live.  We're told it involved a member of his extended family.

Late Monday night, police confirmed they'll seek upgraded homicide charges against Clemons for the weekend slayings.

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