Third suspect in Cooper murder caught in Maryland

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Authorities in Maryland captured a third suspect wanted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Daniel Cooper last month.
Kannapolis Police contacted the Maryland State Police State Apprehension Team recently with information that 19-year-old Darius Smotherson may have taken a bus from Georgia to Laurel, Md., a police report said.
When Smotherson exited the bus about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, officers took him into custody on a warrant for murder.
Smotherson was the first suspect named in Daniel Cooper’s murder on May 21.
Since then, investigators have arrested 17-year-old Damarick Harper and Reginald Clark on charges of murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy.
Cooper was shot in the neck as he sat in the passenger seat of a Honda on Snow Street in Kannapolis.
The driver, who police have not named, drove away from the scene to a home on East 22nd Street.
Emergency crews transported Cooper to Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, where he later died of his injuries.