The trial of a Temple Hills man charged in the fatal shooting of a Friendly High School student is underway in Prince George’s County.
A jury will determine whether 18-year-old Akil Darnell Ings should be convicted of first-degree murder and other related charges in the January 2013 shooting death of 16-year-old Marcus Antonio Jones. The slaying erupted amid a dispute between rival gangs, police said.
Police believe Jones was a member of a gang called the Danger Boys, which was feuding with a gang known as Baby Haiti. Ings, who was a member of Baby Haiti, shot Jones after Jones was leaving a house party in Fort Washington, police said.
Jones’s death came amid a wave of violence amongst Prince George’s County teens during the 2012-13 school year when six students were killed in six months.
Jones’s slaying also involves the death of a witness set to testify in an upcoming Prince George’s murder trial. Kquantae M. Fisher was arrested with Ings in connection with Jones’s shooting, but officials later dropped the charges. Fisher then agreed to testify against Ings in the upcoming trial, but was found dead in his home in September. Police say it appears Fisher’s killing was targeted, but did not say his slaying was in retaliation for his planned court testimony.
In December 2012, 25-year-old Nicoh Mayhew was fatally shot before he had been set to testify against his nephew, Brian Mayhew, in a double-murder trial. Authorities have accused Brian Mayhew of ordering his uncle’s execution through a series of jailhouse calls. Brian Mayhew faces trial in connection with his uncle’s death in September.