Broward County

Second person, a convicted drug dealer, arrested in murder of man in burning car

Johntavis McCoe, current mugshot
Johntavis McCoe, current mugshot

A convicted drug dealer from South Miami-Dade is the second person charged with the murder of a man found in a burning car in North Lauderdale.

Johntavis McCoe, 26, joins North Lauderdale’s Rougiena Deriveire, 18, as Broward County jail residents facing first-degree murder charges in the death of Darren Butler, 27, of Detroit. When firefighters doused a car on fire in North Lauderdale’s Bicentennial Park on Nov. 14, they discovered Butler’s body inside.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested Deriveire Saturday and McCoe Tuesday.

McCoe’s only three months removed from a six-year stay in a Florida prison for armed robbery and two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, distribute or manufacture. A murder conviction would violate his probation, scheduled to end Aug. 26, 2023.

Anyone who knows anything about this case can contact BSO Detective Kevin Forsberg at 954-421-4200 or, for those wishing to remain anonymous, Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 (TIPS) or via the Broward Crime Stoppers website. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal