Man accused of hiding evidence in Portsmouth murder case

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Saleen Martin, The Virginian-Pilot
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Portsmouth police are searching for a 58-year-old man accused of hiding evidence in a fatal shooting last month.

Antonio David, 58, is not a murder suspect, police spokeswoman Victoria Varnedoe wrote in an email Tuesday afternoon.

Instead, he is wanted on charges of concealing and destroying evidence, possession of a firearm by a felon, larceny of a firearm, and obstruction of justice.

The shooting happened at 12:13 a.m. on Jan. 3 in the 20th block of Merrimac Drive.

Dispatchers received a call about a man with a gunshot wound in the upper body. Tony Lamont Deans, 32, died at the scene.

On Jan. 8, police asked for help locating David and a 49-year-old woman, calling them “persons of interest” in the case. Six days later, they said David and the woman were found, and were no longer persons of interest.

On Feb. 4, members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested a different man, 35-year-old Akime R. Porter, in Lawrenceville, Georgia, on charges of murder and weapons violations.

They ask that anyone with information about David’s whereabouts call the Portsmouth Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit at 757-393-8536 or submit an anonymous tip at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Saleen Martin, 757-446-2027, saleen.martin@pilotonline.com