Co-de­fen­dant’s trial de­layed in 2011 mur­der case

New court dates for both men pend­ing

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

Sched­uled to be­gin this week, the trial for the sec- ond of two men ac­cused of killing a woman in Nan- je­moy in 2011 was post­poned Mon­day.

A new trial date for Dar- rayl John Wil­son, 25, will likely be set on March 3, as he and Ray­mond Daniel Posey, 24, both of Nan­je­moy, are sched­uled to ap­pear in court for sta­tus con­fer­ences. The de­fen­dants stand ac­cused of mur­der­ing Crys­tal An­der­son, 29, for­merly of Lan­dover in a drug-re­lated rob­bery.

Posey — found not

guilty on nine of 13 counts in a par­tial ver­dict last week — will be re­tried by the state on the re­main­ing counts the jury could not agree on, in­clud­ing con- spiracy to com­mit first-de­gree mur­der, which car- ries a life sen­tence, and sec­ond-de­gree mur­der.

The state be­lieves that on the night of July 26, 2011, the de­fen­dants drove An­der­son from a house party in Nan­je­moy to Prince Ge­orge’s Coun- ty, where she picked up PCP from her sup­plier, a drug she reg­u­larly sold and used, be­fore they re­turned to the area and robbed her, shot her to death and threw her body over a guardrail, down a ravine. Posey, they be­lieve, was in part mo­ti­vat- ed by a $2,000 drug debt owed to An­der­son by Posey’s brother, and her at­tempts to seek him out.

She re­mained miss­ing un­til Jan. 2, 2012, when an un­sus­pect­ing hiker stum- bled upon a boot with her leg bone pro­trud­ing. In the fol­low­ing days, spe­cial­ized K-9s helped po­lice re­cover more bones, a lit­tle more than half of An- der­son’s skele­tal re­mains, though no cause of death could be de­ter­mined by med­i­cal ex­am­in­ers. Of the re­mains re­cov­ered, there were no signs of in- jury. No mur­der weapon or shell cas­ings were ever found.

Af­ter nearly four years of in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Posey was ar­rested at his fam­ily’s Nan­je­moy home, in­dicted by a grand jury in March 2015, and Wil­son was in- dicted in July 2015.

De­tails of Wil­son’s al- leged in­volve­ment re­main limited, but dur­ing Posey’s trial it was re­vealed — dur­ing a mo­tions hear­ing out­side the jury’s pres­ence — that he told po­lice he had been in­side the car while Posey shot An­der­son.

It was also re­vealed that An­der­son had moved into Wil­son’s fam­ily home in Nan­je­moy shortly be­fore her dis­ap­pear­ance. Wit­nesses tes­ti­mony sug­gested that, around the time she was last seen, Wil­son and Posey be­gan sell­ing An­der­son’s cloth­ing and shoes and had al­legedly tried to sell two hand­guns to ac­quain­tances.

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