Accused murderer charged with witness interference
Men reportedly intimidated, offered $10K in cash to witness
A Nanjemoy man awaiting trial for murder was recently indicted for allegedly attempting to interfere with witnesses in the case, and a judge ordered last week to restrict his communication to only his attorneys.
Prosecutors say he was attempting to influence witnesses through jailhouse calls, and after a hearing two weeks ago, two men approached a witness outside the courthouse and reportedly offered her $10,000 not to testify.
Raymond Daniel Posey, III, 24, was arrested and
held without bond in March 2015 for the alleged murder of Crystal Keyone Anderson, whose remains were found months after her disappearance near Purse State Park in January 2012 when a hiker noticed a boot with what appeared to be bone inside, according to police.
On Aug. 2, 2011, Anderson was reported missing in Prince George’s County, and a detective investigating her disappearance determined she was last seen at a party in Nanjemoy. Despite multi-agency search efforts, she remained missing until the hiker stumbled upon her remains on Jan. 2, 2012.
The following week, detectives methodically excavated a creek bed that spanned over 1,800 feet and included areas 3 feet deep in mud and silt with the assistance of dogs from Search and Rescue Dogs of Maryland that are specially trained in detecting human remains, a police report states. The wooded area and creek were searched, resulting in the recovery of more remains and the discovery of clothing consistent with what Anderson was last seen wearing.
In the following month, a medical examiner confirmed that the body found was Anderson.
After further investigation, detectives found that Posey was also at the Nanjemoy party where Anderson was last seen and the two knew each other. Based on their findings, detectives believe that Posey robbed and killed Anderson later that evening.
During a press conference last year, someone asked lead detective John Elliot if they know what Posey tried to take from Anderson. “I do,” Elliot said. “However, I still think maybe there are some witnesses out there that might know what those specific items are. … I really want to talk to them.”
In July 2015, a second suspect was arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of Anderson: Darrayl John Wilson, 25, of Nanjemoy. Authorities have not released any details of Wilson’s alleged involvement.
In a May 2016 indictment, Posey was charged for allegedly attempting to obstruct justice by interfering with witnesses on approximately nine separate occasions, including efforts to influence Wilson through a third party, court records show.
On June 13, after Posey appeared in court for a hearing, a female witness was approached by a man outside the courthouse. “I just got out from doing eight years for kidnapping my girl,” was the first thing said by the man, later identified as Stephen Michael Wright, 36, of Washington, D.C. Then, an unidentified, heavy-set black man approached her and offered her $10,000 not to testify against Posey, stating he had $5,000 on him at that moment, court records indicate. Officers arrested Wright on the scene, but the other man left before police arrived.
Wright was charged with a felony offense of attempting to inhibit testimony and is currently held without bond.
A few weeks later, Charles County Circuit Court Judge James West signed an order that restricted Posey from communicating with anyone other than attorneys while he is confined, prosecutors said.
Posey’s trial date is currently set for Sept. 19. Wilson has a trial scheduled for Oct. 31.