That testimony, they said, would explain why Brian Mayhew would want his uncle dead. Nicoh Mayhew was the only witness to his nephew’s alleged involvement in the 2011 double killing, and if convicted, Brian Mayhew could have faced life in prison.
Brian Mayhew’s trial for the 2011 killings had been scheduled for this week, but the merging of that case with the new charges of witness intimidation and the killing of Nicoh Mayhew pushed it into next year.
According to court filings, Nicoh Mayhew had told the grand jury that on the night of May 30, 2011, he was at a family cookout when he received a call to help Brian Mayhew.
Nicoh Mayhew was asked to buy gasoline and a bottle of bleach and meet his nephew near a quarry in Capitol Heights. As he arrived, he later testified, he heard gunshots and saw a car containing two bodies.
His nephew and Myers allegedly loaded boxes from one of the victim’s cars into Nicoh Mayhew’s car, and doused the car holding the bodies with gasoline. They stopped short of igniting it, however, because neither had a match or lighter.
Months later, and not long after the jailhouse encounter with his nephew, Nicoh Mayhew told family members that he feared for his life.
On the day before Nicoh Mayhew was killed, Brian Mayhew called two convicted bank robbers and told them where and when to find his uncle, according to police. Brian Mayhew spoke in code, police said. The time period is “9-11,” and look for a “white girl named Kia,” he said, according to a recording of a jail phone call.
Nicoh Mayhew’s girlfriend drove a white Kia on the day of his killing, which occurred at 9:54 a.m.
In a call later that day, court papers and officials say, one of the alleged gunmen laughed when he reported back to Brian Mayhew.
“Your man lost his mind,” he said. “Your man lost his mind all over the place.”
Dan Morse contributed to this report.