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The only suspect in the murder of Maleah Davis insists he is no killer. In an emotional interview with ABC's sister station KTRK, Derion Vence said he did not kill the girl who was like a daughter to him.

Vence, 27, said he would never hurt Maleah, whose scattered remains were recovered from a highway ditch in Arkansas last week.

"I ain't no killer, bro," Vence told ABC 13's Chauncy Glover in a tearful jailhouse interview. "Chauncy, I loved Maleah so much. I did for her more than her own parents. I never had a biological daughter. I would never do anything to hurt her. That's not me. Ask anyone who knows me, and they'll tell you I'm not that type of dude and I was good with the kids."

His demeanor was far different from the one described by Houston community activist Quanell X, who said Vence was "arrogant" and did not show remorse during his jailhouse confession on Friday.

Vence reportedly told Quanell he "accidentally" killed the child in a fit of rage after her mother, Brittany Bowens, called him a homosexual and ended their engagement.

Vence told KRTK he loved Maleah like his own child. He said he took responsibility for Maleah and her 7-year-old brother because Bowens was never around.

"I should be home with my family. With Maleah, the kids and Brittany, cooking dinner and watching Netflix," Vence said. When asked about Maleah's death, he said, "Nothing bad happened to Maleah."

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Maleah was last seen on a neighbor's surveillance camera entering her mother's apartment with Vence on April 30.

Vence reported Maleah missing on May 4. He said she was abducted by three Hispanic males after he pulled over on a highway to check his tires on the night of May 3.

Police arrested Vence on May 11 and charged him with tampering with a corpse. He reportedly directed police to the location where Maleah's remains were found along I-30 near Hope, AK.

Vence allegedly told Quanell X that he placed Maleah's body in a black trash bag, put her in the trunk of her mother's silver Nissan Altima, and drove her to Arkansas, where he discarded her remains in a wooded area.

Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo said Vence is a liar. "You could drive a big rig right through the tales this guy has been telling," Acevedo said.

Bowens told KRTK she finally accepted her daughter's death when she was told over the phone that the remains belonged to Maleah.

"I think at that moment that's when reality hit, that it was her, in that bag, sitting along that street," Bowens told KTRK. "It's not fair. It's not fair at all. I just, I just don't understand this. It's not fair, because she didn't deserve that."
 

  • Beloved Jordan

    Umm she was in HIS care when she aka dissappeared or kidnapped..whatever the story is today and DFAC already taken her from their/him custody at one point so all this innocent it's not fair save it cause it's B'S .the mother and stepdad been abusing this child.

  • Tinytoon

    If he's not the killer, then he needs to breakdown & say who is, who's involved & how. Everyone, the mother, the person who was with him when he left her body in Arkansas & dropped him off at the hospital. But I don't believe him, her mom, not the family either.

  • luVn_liFe…

    WE'LL DO TELL!??

  • MJF

    Is this dummy acting like he's mentally ill? Because that defense will not work. How it went from it was an accident to he didn't do it? Those are two conflicting stories and it's quite confusing.

  • Gloria

    Oh he scared cause he know they about to tear his ass up behind them bars

  • MJF

    "I just don't understand this. It's not fair, because she didn't deserve that."
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    She didn't deserve it but as a mom you did nothing to protect your child. I'm out! No longer commenting on this story, it's too much.

  • Topic Influencer

    This is just confirming for me more and more that the mama did this and been trying to make it look like this dude. His hands not totally clean bc he helped cover it up... so I still think he should fry.However, I feel majority of the abuse points back to Brittany. I also dont think he sexually abused Maleah. Older bro is 7. He woulda been told that tale, and sexual abuse perhaps would have been in that case file when they were taken in relation to her falling. It is not. Im starting to think Brittany made that up. What IS in those notes is she had signs of prior PHYSICAL abuse.

  • tia

    Oh, he's definitely involved, but I'm starting to think Maleah's mama was the mastermind. But that's neither here nor there. Derion, the mama and anybody else involved are trash and need to be held accountable. Just skip the whole damn trial. It's just a matter of time, before everything completely surfaces.

  • Topic Influencer

    I think it was an accident. Brittany snapped on her daughter and killed her. Thus...he didnt do it. He protecting ole fat neck

  • Renee26

    When asked about Maleah's death, he said, "Nothing bad happened to Maleah."

    HOW BAN??!! She's dead isn't she??!! ?

  • Topic Influencer

    Girl JINX. ALL of the JINX

  • Trace da Ace

    Both of them are guilty as hell.....and both should get electric chair.PERIODT.

  • tia

    I just read your comment and we're thinking along the same lines. Mama (can't spell her name) is guilty. She gave another interview. I watched it yesterday. I guess they just letting her hang herself and maybe use it against her? I can't stand the sight of her.

  • Maxx

    Yeah there is something definitely going on & I do believe Brittany has waaayyy more to do with it than we know.

  • Maxx

    Exactly...

  • Renee26

    He's a narcissist

  • Topic Influencer

    Also...has a man come forward yet to say he was fukkin this dude? He is indeed supposedly gay right? Isnt the mistress normally found in all the OTHER parent kills kids or spouse is killed cases? Quanell DID unearth some texts between this dude and a WOMAN tho. So how is that? Its maybe because...Brittany made THAT shit up too. About nudes he sent to a MAN.

  • Topic Influencer

    STILL NO TEARS! I watched it too

  • tia

    yeah, girl.. she's trifling. for real:(

  • Maxx

    No matter what he discarded that poor girl like she was trash. If it was an accident then they should have come clean asap & gave that girl the respect she deserved instead of throwing her away like garbage. They should be held accountable in the highest regard & serve the highest penalty they can give.

  • WhoKnew

    STFU you punk ass bitch. Lock up the whole family. I've heard the dudes in the yard are not sympathetic to men who kill or rape children so get ready to get your ass whooped in more ways than one.

  • DroneRivers

    Lock them both up! Even if the mother did it, he's complicit. Seen with the garbage bag inside the laundry basket, talking about some Mexican carjacker kidnappers but yet they only took Maleah?
    Nah, both their stories stink. Get them to turn on each other and the truth will be somewhere in between. But they both need to go down for that.

  • Reina1718

    This is so sad all around. Poor baby...times like this u wonder where is “God”

  • Ghost

    Both the mother and fiancé are sociopaths! I’ll be glad when the police wrap this up and charge them both with murder! How can you confess one day and then two days later say nothing bad has happened?

    These two are disgusting....?

  • Renee26

    After everything she's said about him I doubt he's protecting her. He would have been done told on her out of spite. She isn't protecting him.

    I think she caught him abusing the child when she was brought home instead of being taken to daycare that morning.
    I think they faught about it and BB scratched him up. In the mix one of them killed the baby then cause both their hands were dirty they came up with that cover story as they cut her body up and flushed her. Then BB went out of town as she planned and he disposed of the body.

  • Renee26

    He's bird box to reality

  • YellowSauce

    He finally told the world where her little body was
    but he wants us to think he just knew where she was and didn't do anything ????!!!!! at least tell an intelligent lie...............
    and lock the egg donor up too while you're at it

  • chan chan

    Same thing I said

  • Renee26

    She made that up and he knows it but still protecting her?? Nah he's protecting his own ass. IJS most nigggas don't wanna be painted as gay. They'll take thief, liar, cheater, beater, killer....but gay Aww Heeeeellll Naaaaw that's crossing the line!

  • Ghost

    The way he’s screaming his innocence...he’s scared now! He will flip soon. Nobody has bothered to try to get him out...everyone knows he’s involved but mama is the true murderer...smh

    And SADLY we haven’t heard anything from the biological father...seems like him and the mother would have stood together in unity. This is a horrible mess!

    RIP Sweetie...

  • Kayke

    I still think the mother did it and he covered it up.

  • Yoni7

    Just go ahead and convict his ass already. He needs the same jury as CP5. We got enough of a "confession" out of him to at least find the body. After that, nothing else even matters. THROW HIS ASS TO THE WOLVES like they did poor Korey.

  • Nina Ross

    He’s a professional conartist

  • KLove

    OK...im lost

  • hi-liter

    Please will someone in general population please Shank this batch.

  • Kayke

    I think he’s a down low man afraid of being “outted” and the pictures may have been from someone he has no business being with (like a family members husband) that’s what the mother has over him. ?????

  • MJF

    You might be onto something here Renee. That sounds like it smh this whole thing is crazy

  • MJF

    Fat neck made me laugh, thanks for that laugh I needed it.

  • Bob Dilla

    ?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Bet not nan nother mfer interview this man and not straight up ask him WHAT HAPPENED if you not a murderer then WHO killed her how did she die and why did you YOU hide the body I’m not understanding these so called journalists or interviewers these days they skip all over the FACTS and the REAL stuff ppl trying to get to the bottom of. Ok sir you saying you a good person and you cared for this child then why was she in a bag on side the dam rode ? WHHHHHYYYY give me a few mins with him and there will be answers.

  • LeeSeeCee

    This whole thing is just sickening...

  • Shamwow

    They should send Charlemagne in there to ask Darion Skittles what happened.

  • CookieMobster
  • the guest

    Derion isn't a killer but he is an accomplice to a POS mother who killed her baby girl. I said from the beginning the mother did it and this mind controlled idiot was broke down and stupid enough to do her bidding and dispose of the body then cover up for the mother.

    Good he's crying and cracking under pressure, now he can find the strength to tell the world how his girlfriend killed her own baby and threatened him that if he didn't dispose the body and help her cover up the murder or she would lie on him and say he did it. Because I guarantee that's what happened.

    I'm telling you the mother is wicked and dangerous. This guy is a weak punk and terrible liar. There's not enough love for someone in the world to dispose of their child's body for them. He should have went right to the police and because he didn't he's going to prison right alongside that poor baby's evil POS mother.

  • the guest

    Been saying this. 100% agree.

  • Bree

    I don't believe this was an accidental death. In death, there are no accidents, only negligence. Not only did Brittany Bowens neglect her child, so did Craig Davis. Vence is to blame for her death, but her parents are the ones responsible for leaving her in the care of an egotistical maniac. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Vence took his frustrations out on Maleah because of Brittany. A lot of parents take their frustrations out on their children when they are mad. Unfortunately, in this case, Maleah lost her life behind this. I don't know why people can't control either control their anger, or direct their anger towards what is pushing them over the edge. Hell, I got frustrated when a pen I'd just bought stopped working after a few uses. After scribbling on a piece of paper for a minute, I got mad and threw the pen away. Haven't bought a pen like it since!

  • Bree

    I think she was trying to manipulate him into staying with her and he refused. He told Quanell X that he was leaving Brittany. So maybe she said some things to get in his head and he had a reaction. I've seen it happen. Manipulation, witchcraft, and sorcery are very powerful. My cousin get mad at me when I tell them to stay away from certain females. They are witches and it's just not worth it! One of my cousins had children with this girl and she forced him into marrying her. She told him that he would never see his children again if he didn't marry her. They are now married and he is going through pure hell with her.

  • Jersey Girl

    Bish talking about. "it just hit me".. "this is unfair."..Bish whattttt? Nah Im not buying it. Fry her too!

  • Bree

    I wonder why would he cover up for her if he planned on leaving her. And why would he take the bait if she accused him of molestation and being gay. That's a chick I would stay the hell away from.

  • Michelle Peele

    I'll bet when and if they start mentioning capital punishment i.e. death by electrocution, lethal injection etc., somebody is going to start talking.

  • the guest

    Brittany was mind controlling lying on and blackmailing this weak punk. There's no gay boyfriends, he didn't molest that baby, and he didn't kill her.

    Brittany killed that poor baby and threatened to lie on him as gay or molester to us him as an accomplice and get him to cover for her. Then she realized lying on him STILL implicated her as complicit so then she started defending him.

    I said a while ago that he's not the domestic abuser, the mother is. She was beating everybody in that house. She was jealous of that baby and it was the culture in that house to abuse Malleah.

    He's still complicit and an accomplice.

    He can redeem his soul and probably save his life if he drops complete dime on the mother. He needs to unburden his evil soultie with Brittany and release the evil truth

  • Brown & Proud

    Ding ding ding! Once I heard she was in the apartment the day he brought Maleah home (last day she was seen alive) , I knew that B killed or helped kill that lil Angel. I have a gut feeling the mama killed her, and he disposed of the body. Since he knows he is on camera carrying her body in the laudry basket, he is guilty. He cant talk his way outta that. I hope he tells exactly what happened.. The real truth. Guaranteed Brittany was there when Maleah took her last breath.

  • Marlika

    I really don’t care to hear anything this loser or the idiot mother has to say??unless it’s when they plan on killing themselves.? ?????? Then both!!

  • Topic Influencer

    I think you hit the NAIL on the head. Imma call you HAMMER.

  • Topic Influencer

    Could be. Whole thing is crazy

  • BlockingTrollsAllYearLong

    Plot Twist - The mother did it because she was jealous of the relationship he has with Maleah.

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/9AIdwh5YqwUF6uvIgJ/giphy.gif

  • Topic Influencer

    Oh shit! That would FOR SURE be a plot twist fo yo AYS. Might be RIGHT

  • Topic Influencer

    Girl! This is a good scenario as well TOO Renee! At this point anything could have happened

  • BlockingTrollsAllYearLong

    She went out of town for an alibi. -_-

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Not professional CONNING AT ALL!!!

  • Kanyade
  • Patricia

    he said well find out in july. i think thats when hell say she died in her sleep from her head complications or o.d. on cough syrup or something. he did say she didnt suffer.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    POS,
    Now you have ALL the access in the WORLD to the ?! ENJOY ????

  • xxxgracious

    Detective/Therapist Charlemagne Tha God ??

  • IAmLawlessBrooks

    You ain't no killer yet you use to beat that poor baby? Now you getting em sweaty sacks and balls in your face you crying???

  • Witch

    Does he have a record of being violent?
    Any charges in the past? Anyone with children that has been near him before dating briBritt or during dating Brittney that have witnesd him beating a child?
    Who other than Brittney has said he has abused the child with their own two eyes?

  • Witch

    I understand what you mean but who other than Brittany has stated that and why have we not heard Brittney say that out of her own mouth?

  • IAmLawlessBrooks

    true true

  • Witch

    We never heard Brittney state that Derion beat or Molested Maleah only Quanel X has stated that she said that.
    This is getting deep .

  • Witch

    Something is very odd.

  • IAmLawlessBrooks

    Exactly so, I legit feel like the mama knows sum...

  • Witch

    Why did Quanel X say Derion told him that? And Why hasnt Brittney stated in interview that DV abused Maleah but allegedly according to Quanellx has said in private that DV abused Maleah?

  • freelancepimp .

    I see people are still questioning whats going on. Think about this. He has only been charge with tampering with evidence related to a corpse or something. When he is charged with murder then we can look at him as the murderer. But as of right now if its still open with the police. Maybe they are building a case against the mother.

  • Witch

    Isnt it strange that Quanel X has said Britney told him privately that DV abused Maleah but yet Brittney hasnt said DV abused Maleah in the interviews? Now hes saying DV told him privately that he killed Princess Maleah out of rage but yet publicly DV is saying he didn't kill her.
    Hmmmm....
    Who told Quanel where the body was ? Is Quanel attracted to Brittney?

  • Witch

    Who told Quanel X where the body was?

    Did Quanel x dump Brittney as a client bc he is in love with her or did he lie and say DV told him he killed Maleah because again he is in love with Brittney?

    Something seems strange.

  • Witch

    Why did DV say he was beat up and Maleah was kidnapped? Hmmm...?

    Mind you he said the kidnappers were Latino/HISPANIC

    Brittney Bowens is supposedly listed as Hispanic. Hmmm... ?

  • Society has changed

    I hope the nearest cell mate said, “MoFo yes you are!” While they wait on the ninjas trial to be over so they can serve him up!

  • the guest

    THIS!!!!

  • Witch

    Quanel X told the world

  • the guest

    We've been on the same page on these threads about the mother! He needs to tell on her so she can face justice and let that poor beautiful baby girl have complete peace in heaven.

  • Witch

    Sandra Rose , What do you think is possible?

    DV is definitely the one covering up here.
    I think there is more to this story.

  • Shamwow

    He hits hard with the right questions.

  • Mona Lisa

    Cry me a river ya sick killer! I hope they hand him by his balls in prison. That mama needs to be jailed as well, something about her ain’t clean.

  • YellowSauce

    after the father told him ........... which subsequently told the world

  • YellowSauce

    after the father told him ........... which subsequently told the world

  • GinJen

    I agree. He's going to try to say it was from her previous head injury. He's going to say she had another "fall", she was playing and bumped her head, or she had a seizure. They're trying to wait and see if the coroner will come up with a cause of death and if not, they're going to say she died from natural causes or a self-inflicted accident. Due to the dismemberment and the mower incident, the coroner may not be able to determine the cause of death. They may not be able to charge these b!tches with murder. Hopefully they fold under pressure and turn on each other before this and tell what the fck happened to this baby.

  • GinJen

    I agree. He's going to try to say it was from her previous head injury. He's going to say she had another "fall", she was playing and bumped her head, or she had a seizure. They're trying to wait and see if the coroner will come up with a cause of death and if not, they're going to say she died from natural causes or a self-inflicted accident. Due to the dismemberment and the mower incident, the coroner may not be able to determine the cause of death. They may not be able to charge these b!tches with murder. Hopefully they fold under pressure and turn on each other before this and tell what the fck happened to this baby.

  • Society has changed

    Wait a minute! I must have slept on the news or is this your own top notch investigative skills? Who did what and say what now?

  • Society has changed

    Wait a minute! I must have slept on the news or is this your own top notch investigative skills? Who did what and say what now?

  • Chocolate

    X has been a pointless distraction, I hope he hasn’t compromised the strength of the case.
    If he genuinely wanted to assist with justice, he should’ve done so quietly- no interviews just obtain and relay info to the authorities.
    Ugh!

  • Chocolate

    X has been a pointless distraction, I hope he hasn’t compromised the strength of the case.
    If he genuinely wanted to assist with justice, he should’ve done so quietly- no interviews just obtain and relay info to the authorities.
    Ugh!

  • Society has changed

    You!

  • Society has changed

    You!

  • DeepThinker

    Interesting he’s still disobeying his lawyers instructions or is he? Sounds like he was coached or his narcissistic rage won’t allow him to keep quiet. Probably the latter. I really hope The Quanell X confession was taped. Something is fishy here.

  • DeepThinker

    Interesting he’s still disobeying his lawyers instructions or is he? Sounds like he was coached or his narcissistic rage won’t allow him to keep quiet. Probably the latter. I really hope The Quanell X confession was taped. Something is fishy here.

  • Witch

    Something may come out about the biological father

  • Witch

    Something may come out about the biological father

  • Renee26

    Right... We will never know. I just want them both to get life sentences

  • Renee26

    Right... We will never know. I just want them both to get life sentences

  • Witch

    We don't know if he told him just like we don't know if Brittney told Quanel that DV was molesting and beating up Maleah. We are just taking his word at this point
    Something is going on about that biological father

  • Witch

    We don't know if he told him just like we don't know if Brittney told Quanel that DV was molesting and beating up Maleah. We are just taking his word at this point
    Something is going on about that biological father

  • Clobaby_

    This story will continue to unfold and more will be revealed! Everyone trying to claim they cared now but action speak louder than words! This baby wouldn't have suffered a traumatic head injury nor would she be dead if these people "cared" like stfu i'm tired of this!

  • Clobaby_

    This story will continue to unfold and more will be revealed! Everyone trying to claim they cared now but action speak louder than words! This baby wouldn't have suffered a traumatic head injury nor would she be dead if these people "cared" like stfu i'm tired of this!

  • Witch

    Strange that the baby wasnt taken to the father. Look at the pictures of her when she was Injured and he was smiling and laughing.

    Isn't that strange?

    The caption is very strange to me.

  • Witch

    Dna blood samples, more cameras photos, criminal history records, etc.

    When maleah went to the doctors for her injury Doctors
    Didn't check her for possible sexual abuse? And if so what did they find? Did they find any evidence of DV sexually abusing her?

  • Clobaby_

    I said this yesterday! The mama said the Dad came and got the brother but wouldn't take baby girl smh it all don't make sense!! Then it was said she called him to go check on her while she was away and he went but the boyfriend turned him away.....Now everyone loved her so much and they "cared" and blah blah blah! Come on nowwwww... This baby would still be here if all that was the case! Something's up with the dad he's too nonchalant for me but you know what they say.... "Everyone grieves differently"

  • Witch

    Hmmm... ?

  • Cara

    That woman smh something not right. That little girl in all her pictures was well kept. Hair done, clothes clean and such a beautiful child. You can see fear in her eyes. I think Mom was abusing her. I don't know. Those pictures seem like a cover up to make her seem like she was a good parent. Why didn't they just let the courts place her instead of killing her. Ain't no accident.

  • Witch

    If DV was raping Maleah , why didn't the doctors report any suspicious entry when Maleah went to the hospital before? When kids are suspected for being abused usually wouldn't the doctors want to check for any sexual abuse too?
    Are there any records of sexual abuse or is it all just the word of someone ?

  • Witch

    Something is going on

    Someone is playing chess here .

  • MsPam

    So now he’s not a killer but confused about where you dumped her body? I can’t today. A whole bunch of people needs to be locked up.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yeah I actually believe he's covering up for the mother who is more involved than most of us think, but the truth will come out---it always does.

  • GinJen

    This fool still up here talking about Netflix and chill with Brittany after all this??? Imma say your right that he is a weak, pssy whipped, punk who is still holding out hope that he and Brittany will one day reunite..and Brittany is still sending messages to him through his family..probably telling him to stick to the script and that they will get away with what they did and live happily ever after.. I can't wait till they release those prison phone recordings

  • Kayke

    ? right?

  • candy

    Period

  • Guest©

    Why do you think he won't tell the truth. He won't save himself even though he's sitting in a cell. This story is so bizarre. Both of Maleah's bio parent's are narcissists. All you hear them saying is how they feel. The X dude is a character as well. Evil is in every corner of this case. The lawn mower ran over that baby's body, I just can't with all this!!!!

  • Zeta Aggie

    I’m on Houston and i agree with you. Something wasn’t right from jump. Either she was in on it or she did it.

    I want to know who drove to Arkansas.

  • the guest

    It was the mother.

  • Ice

    He killed her. If it was an accident, why didn’t they call an ambulance? He’s just trying to save his skin.

  • Jussjess25

    Poor baby God bless her soul!

  • Patricia

    i believe boyfriend is about to flip it around on mama. i have thought she did it anyway.

  • Applebum

    The activist Quanell X...something is off. The way he came out of the blue to be the mother’s spokesperson is weird. He either knows them or has a personal vendetta or maybe they did him or a family member of his dirty. I don’t know but something is way off about how he’s handling things. Even though I believe the boyfriend killed the little girl but I think the activist is making things up about the bf and the mother confessing to things.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I do too! Sometimes you can just hear truth, even from a habitual liar!

    I the mom did it, or they did it together, and he got rid of the body, and she hopped in a plane!

  • missmiami305

    Ain’t no way a mother in mourning would say such a thing: “I think at that moment that's when reality hit, that it was her, in that bag, sitting along that street.”
    She a lil too direct...... https://media0.giphy.com/media/spfi6nabVuq5y/giphy.gif

  • missmiami305

    Me too! Idk wtf is taking him so long tho. Dude, come on with it!!!!!! Say she was involved too.

  • Jazzy

    Mamas, don't let your boyfriends babysit your children. Find daycare. Do something.

  • Allihave2say

    He will gradually tell the truth.
    Isn't Maleah's mother biracial = Hispanic (killers)
    I'm not a killer = I'm taking the fall for Brittany.

  • Allihave2say

    Locally Quanell X is consider an activist for civil rights.
    Families often call him to be a spokesperson in high profile cases of minorities particularly blacks. When there's a shoot to kill order on a perp, the perp will call Quanell to facilitate an arrest without kill, and types of things.

    I do get attention seeker, hype man, liar vibes from Quanell Hex.