A Prince George’s County jury acquitted a 27-year-old Capitol Heights man who was accused of being an accomplice in the May 2011 double slaying of two cousins.
Kenan A. Myers was found not guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sean Ellis, 24, and Anthony McKelvin, 28. Both Ellis and McKelvin were shot during a robbery, according to police.
Prosecutors say Ellis and McKelvin were found shot to death and covered in bleach and gasoline. Authorities accused Myers of being an accomplice to Brian Mayhew, 22, who was convicted in February of first-degree murder in Ellis’s and McKelvin’s deaths.
During the trial, which lasted about five days, Myers’s attorney argued there was no evidence of DNA or fingerprints that connected his client to the crime.
“Mr. Myers is 100 percent not guilty, not involved,” said Thomas C. Mooney, the attorney representing Myers.
Prosecutors argued Myers robbed Ellis and McKelvin after police seized $10,000 from the back of Myers’s car during an investigation. They said that Myers and Mayhew robbed Ellis and McKelvin as a way to make up for the loss.
“Money is the root of all kinds of evil,” Prince George’s County Assistant State’s Attorney Christine Murphy said to the jury at the start of the trial.
The case has been significant in Prince George’s as one of state’s star witnesses, Nicoh Mayhew, was shot to death before he was set to testify against Brian Mayhew and Myers. Authorities have accused Brian Mayhew of ordering the execution of his uncle Nicoh Mayhew to prevent his testimony.
Mayhew, who faces life without parole, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday. He will go to trial in September on separate murder charges in connection with his uncle’s death.