Mur­der trial con­tin­ues into fourth day

Sus­pect charged with killing Waldorf teen

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­

As day four of the trial con­tin­ues in Charles County Cir­cuit Court, the state con­tin­ues to call wit­nesses to the stand in ref­er­ence to the fa­tal stab­bing of a Waldorf teen last year.

Fac­ing first-de­gree mur­der, Shon­dell Javon Mid­dle­ton, 19, of Clin­ton, N.C., has elected to be tried by bench trial with Judge Larnzell Martin Jr. of the Prince George’s County Cir­cuit Court pre­sid­ing. As­sis­tant state’s at­tor­neys John Stack­house and Jeremy Wid­der con­tin­ued to build their case against Mid­dle­ton this week, with tes­ti­mony from sev­eral wit­nesses there the day of the stab­bing, the med­i­cal ex­am­iner who con­ducted the au­topsy, de­tec­tives and of­fi­cers, and a

foren­sic sci­en­tist.

Mid­dle­ton is al­leged to have chased down and re­peat­edly stabbed Jor­dan Anthony Lu­cas, 18, of Waldorf.

Around 10:30 a.m. on May 7, 2015, deputies with the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to the 12300 block of Vi­vian Adams Drive in Waldorf for a re­ported as­sault, ac­cord­ing to pre­vi­ous re­ports and court pro­ceed­ings. Upon ar­rival, of­fi­cers found Lu­cas suf­fer­ing from mul­ti­ple stab wounds, in­clud­ing a wound to his neck. First re­spon­ders be­gan ren­der­ing first aid, but by the time EMS per­son­nel ar­rived on the scene, he had lost his pulse and paramedics at­tempted to re­sus­ci­tate him with CPR. He was pro­nounced dead a short time later.

Lu­cas and two other men had showed up at the apart­ment where Mid­dle­ton was stay­ing to con­front him about a drug theft ear­lier in the week in which Mid­dle­ton and an­other man stole about half an ounce of mar­i­juana from Lu­cas, court pro­ceed­ings re­vealed. Mid­dle­ton al­legedly emerged from the apart­ment and be­gan chas­ing Lu­cas, even­tu­ally catch­ing him and stab­bing him to death.

Days be­fore the in­ci­dent, on the evening of May 4, Lu­cas, his two friends and sev­eral other men had showed up at the apart­ment to con­front Mid­dle­ton about al­legedly steal­ing the mar­i­juana ear­lier that day. They wanted to fight him and an­other man that lived in­side the apart­ment. The friends tes­ti­fied that Mid­dle­ton and his brother, re­ally a close fam­ily friend, could be seen taunt­ing them by hold­ing up the stolen mar­i­juana as they smoked.

Lu­cas’ friends both tes­ti­fied that two cars filled with men ar­rived out­side the com­plex on Lu­cas’ be­half. Now ap­prox­i­mately 10 men were out­side the apart­ment yelling and bang­ing on the door try­ing to get the two in­side to come out to fight. Wit­nesses tes­ti­fied that Lu­cas wrapped his fist with his shirt and punched out a win­dow of Mid­dle­ton’s fam­ily car. The group also threw a fire ex­tin­guisher through the back wind­shield and later re­turned — af­ter po­lice had re­sponded to the scene and since left — to spray paint the car and write ex­ple­tives on the apart­ment door, ac­cord­ing to pro­ceed­ings.

A fam­ily friend who con­sid­ers her­self to be Mid­dle­ton’s grand­mother took the stand and said that af­ter that in­ci­dent they de­cided to buy a BB gun that re­sem­bled a real hand­gun in case the men came back again. “We just couldn’t be­lieve the boys came and did this,” she said. “We were ter­ri­fied; we didn’t know what was go­ing to hap­pen next.”

On the morn­ing of May 7, she and her daugh­ter were at work when Mid­dle­ton called to tell them that the group of men were back and ha­rass­ing him, ac­cord­ing to court pro­ceed­ings. He was alone in­side the apart­ment as they yelled at him and banged on the door. Lu­cas had wanted to fight Mid­dle­ton one-on-one, ac­cord­ing to tes­ti­mony from Lu­cas’ two friends.

As the trio waited out-

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