Arrest Made in Hartford's First Homicide of 2014

Police seized almost 100 pounds of marijuana when they raided the suspect's house.

By Seth Lemon and LeAnne Gendreau
|  Friday, Jan 31, 2014  |  Updated 7:41 AM EDT
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 Arrest Made in Hartford's First Homicide of 2014

Hartford Police

Deranna Fletcher has been charged with the first murder of 2014 in Hartford.

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Hartford police have charged a Manchester man with murder for the city's first homicide of the year, according to authorities.

Deranna Fletcher, 28, of Manchester, has been charged with the murder of 33-year-old Mark McNickle of Hartford.

McNickle was found in the parking lot of 85 Summer Street at 9:41 p.m. on Jan. 15. He'd been shot several times, police said.

Neighbors said they heard seven to eight gunshots and saw a car drive off in the direction of Asylum Avenue.

McNickle was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m., police said.

Police said a car was seen speeding from the scene of the shooting.

For the last two weeks, the Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division has worked to develop leads.

On Wednesday, they developed a suspect and executed warrants on Thursday in East Hartford and at Fletchers's residence, 39 Buckland St. #1522 in Manchester.

Police found Fletcher at the Manchester address. They also found 98 pounds of marijuana, $39,000 in cash, two firearms, ammunition and more evidence, police said.

Manchester Police Narcotics Detectives arrested and charged Fletcher and Hartford Major Crimes Detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Fletcher with the murder of McNickle.

Manchester Police released Fletcher to the custody of the Hartford Police Department.

Fletcher has been charged with murder, murder conspiracy and criminal possession of a firearm.

He is being held on a $2,000,000 bond.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.
                        
Fletcher is scheduled to appear at Hartford Superior Court on Friday.
 

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