Diandra J. Samuels, 19, has been charged with murder in Diaz’s killing. The slaying allegedly stemmed from a small-time drug deal gone bad.
Police say Samuels and a group of five women and three men, ages 19 to 32, allegedly abducted Diaz and drove him two miles to Marumsco Acre Lake Park, where he was killed with what police described as “a very long knife.”
On Sept. 12, a friend of Diaz’s had gone to Samuels’s apartment to buy marijuana, according to police. Samuels pointed a gun at the would-be buyer and stole about $150, according to a criminal complaint.
Nine days later, according to police, Diaz and a group of friends returned to Samuels’s Bellona Road apartment to confront her. Police say that’s when Diaz was abducted, driven to a nearby park and fatally stabbed.
Everyone who has been charged with abduction was present at Marumsco Acre Lake Park, said police spokesman Jonathan Perok.
Samuels is also charged with abduction, armed robbery, aggravated malicious wounding and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. On Wednesday morning, she appeared briefly before a Prince William General District Court judge via video feed from the county’s adult detention center to formally hear the charges.
Judge Tracy C. Hudson set a preliminary hearing date of Dec. 2 for Samuels and the co-defendants. When Samuels, who was shackled, was asked whether she understood the charges, she answered “Yes, sir,” and thanked the judge.
Hudson appointed defense attorney Barry A. Zweig to represent Samuels. Zweig declined to comment.
Also Wednesday, five people were arraigned on charges of abduction in the case: Deneen A. Williams, 29; Renee C. Caples, 22; Teena M. Gerbozy, 24; Gregory A. Bonds, 22; and Dominic G. Smith, 26.
Gerbozy welled up during the proceeding. “I can’t say anything?” she asked, her voice breaking. Hudson advised her not to.
Williams appeared before the judge on crutches. She said she had been in town only for cancer treatment and had not known that she had been charged.
“Wait, wait, wait. . . . I’ve been charged with abduction?” she asked. Hudson advised her to wait to speak with a lawyer.