Man, 18, charged with Smethwick murder to enter plea

A man charged with the murder of a 17-year-old who was fatally stabbed in Smethwick will enter a plea next month.

Camron Dunn, 18, appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Tuesday for a short hearing.

Dunn is accused of murdering Derlarno Samuels who died after being stabbed on May 1.

Derlarno is understood to have been chased into a shop in Waterloo Road where he was stabbed at around 4pm.

Police at Nowa Polka, Waterloo Road, where Derlarno was stabbed

A few minutes later he was found with stab wounds in a Ford Focus that crashed in Heath Street, around a mile away from the Nowa Polka shop where he is believed to have been knifed.

Derlarno was taken to hospital and pronounced dead around an hour later. A post mortem has given the cause of death as a stab wound, West Midlands Police said.

Dunn, of Sketchley Close, Smethwick, is due to enter a plea at a hearing on July 23. A trial date has been provisionally listed for October 11. He has been remanded in custody until his July court appearance.

Mr Samuels’ family had previously paid tribute to him in a statement, saying: “Derlarno was ambitious, inquisitive and full of life. He was a generous young man who is much loved and missed by his family and friends.”

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