Ac­cused mur­derer charged with wit­ness in­ter­fer­ence

Men re­port­edly in­tim­i­dated, of­fered $10K in cash to wit­ness

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

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.

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