FBI, po­lice seek help in solv­ing 2012 mur­der case

$20,000 re­ward of­fered by au­thor­i­ties for info lead­ing to an ar­rest

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

Four years have past since Martin Hawkins Jr., 32, was shot and killed as he walked home from a friend’s house in La Plata. Now, the FBI is team­ing up with the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice to help solve the case, of­fer­ing an ad­di­tional $10,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to an ar­rest, bring­ing the to­tal re­ward up to $20,000.

At 5 p.m. Fri­day, FBI and sher­iff’s of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tors will be search­ing the area where Hawkins was killed in hopes of de­vel­op­ing new leads.

On April 18, 2012, around 8:30 p.m., sher­iff’s of­fi­cers re­sponded to the 200 block of Kent Av­enue in La Plata

for the re­port of mul­ti­ple gun­shots. Upon ar­rival, deputies dis­cov­ered Hawkins had been shot to death.

De­tec­tives can­vassed the area, fielded nu­mer­ous calls from lo­cal res­i­dents, pur­sued mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent leads and iden­ti­fied one pos­si­ble sus­pect but lacked per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion to so­lid­ify the case.

Some­one called Crime Solvers shortly af­ter the shoot­ing and pro­vided im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion about the case, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors would like to hear from that caller again, po­lice said in 2013.

A month af­ter the shoot­ing, Nicole Hawkins spoke with the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent.

Her brother suf­fered through abuse and ne­glect dur­ing his child­hood, she said, and he had been try­ing to change his life for the bet­ter, at­tend­ing church reg­u­larly, be­fore he was gunned down. Ru­mors sur­faced in the neigh­bor­hood that her brother’s shooter may have been a man with whom he had pre­vi­ously quar­reled with, she added.

Any­one who has in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent are asked to call the FBI at 410-265-8080 or the Charles County Sher­iff’s of­fice at 301-609-6515. Tip­sters may also con­tact Charles County Crime Solvers by call­ing 1-866-411-TIPS, tex­ting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or sub­mit­ting tips on­line at tip­sub­mit.com.

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Martin Hawkins, Jr., 32, of La Plata was shot and killed as he walked home from a friend’s house on the night of April 18, 2012. Po­lice found his body on the 200 block of Kent Av­enue. Up to $20,000 will be awarded to any­one who pro­vides in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to an ar­rest.

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