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Two indicted on second-degree murder charges

On September 22 the Middlesex Circuit Court grand jury returned true bills of indictment against two men in connection with the shooting death of Raheem Williams of Gloucester and the malicious wounding of Markus Hammond of Middlesex at a party near Water View on July 5, 2014, reported Middlesex Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael T. Hurd.

Recent court actions in the alleged shooting death of Williams and wounding of Hammond began on Friday, September 19, when Middlesex General District Court Judge Jeffrey Shaw certified to the Middlesex Circuit Court grand jury felony charges against Anthony Montrey Frazier, 22, of Shacklefords in King and Queen County, and Demetrius Paige, 22, of Hayes, for second degree murder in the death of Williams, malicious wounding of Markus Hammond, and participation in a predicate criminal act committed for or at the benefit or direction of or in association with a criminal street gang.

The General District Court tried Kendrick Jarrell Shackleford, 27, of Shacklefords in King and Queen County, for the misdemeanor of reckless handling of a firearm and Judge J. Shaw found him not guilty. The court found no probable cause for Shackleford’s charge of participation in a predicate criminal act committed for or at the benefit or direction or in association with a criminal street gang, and dismissed that charge. Shackleford had only been charged with the two offenses, both of which were dismissed.   

Tempers flared on Friday outside the Middlesex Courthouse when some associates of the victim and the accused confronted each other, said Major M.E. Sampson of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrived and escorted some people from the courthouse property, while others who were told to leave complied, said Major Sampson. There were no injuries or arrests, he added.

Frazier and D. Paige allegedly have links to the street gang “Gangster Disciples,” said Hurd during their bond hearings in July. They are being held without bond.

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posted 09.24.2014

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