Suspect denied bond in Grand Forks murder case
The Winston-Salem man accused of shooting to death a 24-year-old Grand Forks man was denied bond Wednesday afternoon.
Delvin Lamont “Squeaky” Shaw, 29, of Winston-Salem, N.C., made his initial appearance in Grand Forks district court Wednesday at 3 p.m.
The court denied him bond because of his prior criminal record, the risk of flight and the seriousness of his charges.
Shaw is accused of murdering Jose Luis “Joe” Lopez, 24, in the early hours of June 24 after he allegedly broke into Lopez’s Grand Forks apartment and shot him multiple times in front of his fiancée, with whom he shared the apartment.
Murder is a class AA felony with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Shaw is also charged with burglary, a class B felony.
His criminal record shows a number of felony convictions including for possessing a firearm as a felon and for kidnapping his then-girlfriend.
Prosecuting attorney David Jones noted it took a “great deal of effort” and collaboration among state and federal law enforcement agencies to apprehend Shaw. Four days after the shooting, St. Paul police responded to information that he was in the area and arrested him without incident outside a St. Paul home.
Lopez’s fiancée, Kelsie Waller, said he died trying to protect his family.
“(Joe’s) main thing was making sure Harper and I were safe,” she said, referring to their two-year-old daughter sleeping in another room.
Lopez was shot while trying to drive the intruders out of the apartment, Waller said.
With another baby on the way, the couple had been planning to move to Waller’s hometown of Hallock, Minn., and settle down there.
The preliminary hearing for both Shaw and his co-defendant Dametrian Marcel Welch, 18, also of Winston-Salem, is scheduled for Aug. 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Welch is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit burglary.