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Jovon Derrell Clarke

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A woman testified in Guilford County Superior Court on Wednesday that her brother admitted to shooting a man who insulted her young daughter.

Jovon Derrell Clarke, 30, of Greensboro faces charges of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon in the death of Michael Thomas McLaurin, 28. McLaurin was shot and killed at the Margate on Cone apartment complex about 11:45 p.m. on April 24, 2013.

McLaurin, Clarke and Clarke’s sister, Che Pierce, all lived in the complex in 2013. On Wednesday, Pierce told jurors that on the day of the shooting, her then-13-year-old daughter Alexandra Marshall came home with tears in her eyes.

“She fell to her knees and said, ‘Mom, they called me a penny ho.’ ”

Pierce, 35, said her brother confronted an 18-year-old named Jersey about the remark. Jersey later came to her apartment with a group, she said. One of them tried to start a fight with her oldest daughter, who was then 18.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record