Another convicted in fatal stabbing
Woman enters plea after son found guilty of murder
A month after her son was convicted of second-degree murder for the fatal stabbing of a teen last year, a Waldorf woman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree assault for her involvement in the incident.
Initially indicted on a first-degree murder charge, Pamela Caldwell, 39, entered a plea agreement on Friday and now awaits a sentencing hearing, subject to up to 18 months imprisonment, according to prosecutors. Caldwell admitted to pointing what appeared to be a handgun
— actually a BB gun — at a teen who tried to stop Shondell Middleton from repeatedly stabbing his friend, Jourdan Lucas, 18, by attempting to kick him in the head. Caldwell’s defense attorney said she did not see the knife in Middleton’s hand.
Middleton, 19, a close family friend whom Caldwell considers a son, was convicted of second-degree murder on Sept. 16 after a five-day bench trial in Charles County Circuit Court.
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 one to his neck which was nearly 3 inches deep. 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.
Court proceedings revealed that 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. Middleton 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 stealing the marijuana earlier that day, according to court proceedings. 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.
On the morning of May 7, Caldwell and her mother had been 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 to come out. Lucas had wanted to fight Middleton one-on-one, according to testimony from Lucas’ two friends.
As the trio waited outside for Middleton, Caldwell and her mother arrived at the apartment, according to proceedings. Caldwell held the BB gun and began yelling at the three outside, asking if they were the ones who had vandalized their property. The grandmother testified that her daughter yelled “Shondell,” and Middleton burst out of the apartment, and that’s when Lucas and the friends began to run in different directions. Middleton then chased Lucas with Caldwell following behind with the BB gun, as the other two went through the complex and down the adjacent, parallel street.
As one of Lucas’ friends reached the end of the street, he testified that he saw Lucas and Middleton in a violent struggle. He said he saw Middleton striking Lucas several times. “I ran closer and that’s when I saw blood and a knife fall,” he testified. “… As they fell, the knife fell too.”
He said that Middleton was on top of Lucas when he tried to kick Middleton in the head, but missed. Middleton then grabbed the knife again, he testified, and pointed it at him. Middleton’s mother then came and pointed what was perceived to be a real gun at him and said, “Get away from my baby; you’re not going to hurt my baby.” So, he left and came back shortly after to find Lucas suffering from multiple stab wounds. He and the other friend stayed with him as police and EMS arrived on the scene.
“I just remember just swinging,” Middleton testified under cross examination. “I blacked out … I was just swinging.”
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Middleton on Nov. 7, while Caldwell is set for Nov. 30.