• 41°

Kannapolis man charged in shooting death of A.L. Brown student makes court appearance


Jermiah Desean Howard

KANNAPOLIS — A Kannapolis man charged in the first-degree murder of A.L. Brown senior Kevon Antonio Cousar made his first court appearance Monday, just two days after the teen was laid to rest.

Cousar, 18, was found with a single gunshot wound inside a home on Cottage Road. He died at the scene sometime later following unsuccessful lifesaving attempts.

Jermiah Desean Howard, 19, was charged Friday with first-degree murder. Howard was arrested at the Kannapolis Police Department after he turned himself in during an interview, according to Kannapolis Police.

He was transferred to the Rowan County jail and remains there without bond.

“Kannapolis Police Investigators have worked tirelessly since Kevon’s death, conducting interviews and collecting evidence, to identify the person(s) responsible for this incident,” Kannapolis Police said in a statement.

Police say this is an ongoing investigation and no further details will be released at this time.

Kannapolis City Schools issued a statement following Cousar’s death saying the A.L. Brown family is grieving the loss of Kevon Cousar, and their hearts go out to his family and friends.

Extra counselors were made available to help any students or staff members, including individual counseling.

The Kannapolis Police Department requests anyone with additional information regarding this incident to call 704-920-4000 or Crime Stoppers at 704-932-7463 (CRIME).  A reward is available for anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) in this case.

The public can also post or direct message the agency on social media pages, @kannapolis911 on Twitter or Kannapolis911 on Facebook.



Blotter: Vehicles broken into overnight at Marriott, Comfort Suites hotels


County reports two new COVID-19 deaths, two weeks of 50-case increases


Red wolves have been busy growing up at Dan Nicholas Park


Salisbury City Council to consider contract for street paving


Catawba College honors employees for length of service

High School

High school football: Clay hopes for big senior season


Helen, Ralph Brown contribute to Christmas Happiness to help people in need


Cleveland Police charge woman with attempted murder after Sunday night shooting


COVID-19 cases in Rowan continue to surge after 50 new cases added; 19% of total cases active


Salisbury Police investigating accidental shooting at apartment building


Blotter: Salisbury man arrested on felony counts of trafficking


Motorcyclist airlifted following wreck on Jake Alexander Boulevard Sunday


Political Notebook: Senate Republicans disagree with Cooper administration halting CARES Act spending

Ask Us

Ask Us: Readers ask about legality of begging in Salisbury, Dominion voting machines


Biden fractures foot while playing with dog, to wear a boot


Blotter: Passenger in chase that ended downtown charged with possessing stolen vehicle


Frustrated and confused by COVID-19 restrictions, local bar owners near breaking point


Republican volunteers say ‘passion’ drove victories across the ballot


Peppermint partnership: N.C. State’s Food Science Club manufactures ice cream toppings at Research Campus


Biz Roundup: Salisbury-Rowan utilities honored for exceeding drinking water standards


County reports 57 new COVID-19 positives Saturday


Sharing the Season 2020 list


One last blessing. For 20 precious minutes, 89-year-old Barrier met granddaughter


Businesses plan to continue using practices driven by COVID-19 after pandemic is over