Man wanted in Ballantyne murder also being sought for girlfriend’s killing in S.C.

Police in NC & SC searching for man wanted in two homicides

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A man police believe killed another man in a Ballantyne community last week was already on the run after he was accused of killing his girlfriend in Lancaster, S.C.

The most recent incident happened around 4 p.m. Thursday on Paperbark Circle. Officials say 45-year-old Alvin Fletcher was found dead inside a home with “apparent trauma.” There is no word on how exactly Fletcher was killed, but investigators described the suspect - identified as 41-year-old Derrick Allen McIlwain - as an “invited guest” at the home.

On Monday, police said they were charging McIlwain with murder in Fletcher’s death, but that he was still being sought and wasn’t yet in custody.

However, law enforcement in South Carolina were already searching for McIlwain on a murder charge in the May, 2019 death of his girlfriend, 36-year-old Kimberly Beth Alger.

Alger was found dead near the back steps of a vacant home in Lancaster County on May 28. McIlwain was initially wanted on a warrant for domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature involving Alger days before her body was found.

Deputies in Lancaster County said McIlwain should be considered “armed and dangerous.”

Lancaster deputies say McIlwain - who is also wanted on a shoplifting charge - could be driving a dark-colored 2006 Nissan Altima with a paper SC tag 8690LF.

Deputies say a wanted man - Derrick Allen McIlwain - could be driving this 2006 Nissan Altima with a paper SC tag 8690LF. (Lancaster County Sheriff's Office)
Deputies say a wanted man - Derrick Allen McIlwain - could be driving this 2006 Nissan Altima with a paper SC tag 8690LF. (Lancaster County Sheriff's Office)

Anyone who sees McIlwain or has information on his whereabouts is urged to call 911 or their local law enforcement agency immediately.

The public can also call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388, Midlands Crime Stoppers in S.C. at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), 704-432-TIPS to speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective in Charlotte, Charlotte Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website.

Derrick McIlwain
Derrick McIlwain (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)

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