In 1994, Stevenson was employed by Macy's Department
Store in the Christiana Mall. While employed at Macy's, Stevenson used
customers' creditcard information to issue false gift certificates.
Macy's security department employees, Parminder Chona ("Chona") and
Kristopher Heath ("Heath"), investigated the matter. Stevenson was
subsequently charged with theft and the matter was scheduled for trial
in the Superior Court.
On the evening prior to the Stevenson's scheduled
court date, a black male wearing a long puffy black jacket knocked on
the door to Heath's residence. His fiancée, Deborah Dorsey, answered.
Dorsey informed the male that Heath was not home and the individual
departed. Dorsey called Heath to tell him about the incident and that
she was frightened. She also noted that the individual was not Stevenson,
as she would have recognized him from her employment at Macy's.
On the morning of November 13, 1995, Heath was
murdered in the parking lot of his residence at the Cavalier Country
Club Apartments. Heath was shot inthe back five times with a nine-millimeter
handgun. The murder occurred on the same morning that Heath was to
testify against Stevenson at his criminal trial. Upon hearing the
gunfire, several residents at the apartment complex called the police.
One resident, Lance Thompson, informed the police
that he observed a black male run to and enter a mid-sized blue vehicle
with faded and peeling paint. Thompson saw the license plate number and
gave it to the police. At this time, Patrolman Daniel Meadows of the New
Castle County Police broadcast the license plate number and vehicle
description over the police radio. It was soon discovered that the
license plate was registered to Stevenson and his mother at 206 West 20
Street in Wilmington, Delaware.
Wilmington Police arrived in two squad cars at 206 W.
20th Street. The officers saw a car fitting the description given by
Meadows arrive at the same time with two black men inside. The
passengers started to exit the vehicle but reentered after observing the
approaching officers. The suspects drove away with the patrolcars in
pursuit. After a short chase, the suspects fled on foot and were taken
The occupants of the vehicle were Manley and
Stevenson. Manley matched the description of the shooter given by many
eyewitnesses. After Stevenson was apprehended and brought to police
headquarters, police searched the patrol carused to transport him. On
the floor was a slip of paper with the name, address and phone number of
Chona, the other Macy's employee who investigated Stevenson for the
theft along with Heath.