Trials severed, dates set in 2019 murder case | Journal-news
MARTINSBURG – Judge of the 23rd Justice Court, Laura Faircloth, on Friday approved a motion to set aside a lawsuit against three people allegedly involved in a 2019 murder and set three separate trial dates for the summer starting next week.
In a pre-trial hearing and suppression on Friday afternoon, Faircloth approved a motion to separate the trials of Nashaun Malick Howard, 19, of Washington, DC. Brooklyn Zavion Johnson, 15, from Washington, DC; and Jennifer Nicole Thomas, 32, of Martinsburg, all originally charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit first degree murder, and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime related to the 40-year crime. Old death.
Also involved in the case was Deana Albrecht alias Deana Albrecht, 21, from Luray, Va
After Faircloth agreed that each defendant could be tried separately, Faircloth kept the original trial date for the juvenile defendant Johnson on March 23rd. The trial of Thomas is scheduled for April 13th and the trial of Howard, who waived his right to expeditious trial in previous hearings, is scheduled for July 13th.
Due to the change in the trial dates for Thomas and Howard, new trial dates have also been set: The trial dates for Thomas are scheduled for March 30th and for Howard for June 15th.
In the early hours of August 23, 2019, police responded to a shooting in a house on the 2000 block of Paynes Ford Road. After evading the police, Howard was arrested without incident in Washington, DC. He allegedly admitted to being at the scene but wasn’t the driver or the shooter, police said.
It has not yet been published who pulled the trigger in the shooting, nor was Albrecht’s alleged involvement.
Prior to the shooting, two black men who allegedly passed “the DC boys” were in the residence and threatened to kill the victim and one other person. They also reportedly waved around firearms, which were described as 9mm and black.
On Aug. 24, Deputy Merson of the Berkeley County’s Sheriff’s Department spoke on another subject that a criminal complaint said was where “the DC boys” are and what vehicle they would drive.
According to court records, MPs have located the vehicle at the Knights Inn as well as the suspects. In the vehicle, the police found a loaded 9 mm pistol in the glove compartment. Police said the live rounds in the gun were the same caliber and brand as they were at the scene.
According to earlier testimony from Captain BF Hall, the chief of criminal investigation for the Berkeley County’s Sheriff’s Office, the state argued that Thomas was present at the scene according to a co-defendant, but did not report it to police.