With a gun in his hand, Norman Bonds walked past a man at the Southern Avenue Metro station and said only one word: “Move,” according to court papers. In the bus bay nearby, the man saw Harold Detter fall face down into the ground.
That man’s account — detailed in charging documents released Thursday — is pivotal to police’s case against Bonds, who is charged with first-degree murder and related counts in the fatal shooting of Detter about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Southern Avenue station. The man, according the documents, not only heard a gunshot and saw an armed Bonds walk away from the scene, but he was later able to pick out Bonds from a six-person photo array, according to the charging papers.
But why Bonds, a 32-year-old from the Hillcrest Heights area with a lengthy criminal record, allegedly shot Detter, a 43-year-old father and IT professional who family members believe was on his way home from work, remains a mystery. The police charging documents do not shed any light on the question of motive, which police officials have said they are still probing.
According to police officials and the documents, Bonds approached Detter and shot him in the head. The two men did not exchange words — nor did Bonds rob Detter — and investigators are probing whether they knew each other, police officials have said. Detter’s family members have said they had never heard of Bonds, and Bonds’s grandmother has said she had never heard of Detter.
Also Thursday, a Prince George’s County police spokeswoman announced on Twitter that detectives had recovered what is believed to be the weapon used in the shooting. The spokesman Tweeted that ballistics tests were being performed to determine a definitive link.
Bonds, who was arrested Wednesday morning, is scheduled to appear in court for a bond hearing Thursday afternoon.
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