Witness in Murder Case Fatally Shot

By Aaron C. Davis and Ruben Castaneda
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, October 9, 2008

A key witness in the upcoming trial of a man charged in the slaying of well-known music engineer Raymond Brown in Prince George's County was fatally shot this week, authorities said yesterday.

Bobby J. Ennels, 22, an alleged accomplice who had agreed to testify in exchange for leniency, was found shot early Tuesday in a car on a residential street less than a mile from FedEx Field. Another man in the car was also killed, and a woman was wounded.

Authorities allege that Ennels served as a lookout in October 2006 when Brown's Chrysler 300 was hooked up to a tow truck and snatched from outside his home in Largo. Brown, who was known professionally as Scottie Beats, chased the tow truck and was fatally shot.

State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey, who has often spoken about the problem of witness intimidation in Prince George's, said it was premature to say whether Ennels was targeted because he agreed to cooperate in the case.

"I think it's too early to know," Ivey said. "It would be speculation to say it was linked to the other case."

Nonetheless, prosecutors moved quickly to have another cooperating witness in the case moved out of the Prince George's jail. Circuit Court Judge C. Philip Nichols Jr. granted a prosecution request yesterday to move Neiman Marcus Edmonds to a jail in Southern Maryland.

Edmonds, 21, had been charged with murder and other crimes in the slaying of Brown. Under an agreement with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to a charge of theft over $500 in the case and was expected to testify for the state.

Louis J. Martucci, an attorney for Jamaal G. Alexis, 22, the Landover man charged with murder in the 2006 slaying, did not respond to phone calls and an e-mail seeking comment.

Ennels's lawyer, V. Daniel Palumbo, also did not return a call seeking comment, nor did Ennels family members respond to messages seeking comment.

In addition to his involvement in the Brown case, Ennels had been charged with drug possession in an incident last year.

Last month, Ennels pleaded guilty to theft for his role in the attack that took Brown's life. As part of the plea agreement, he was to testify against Alexis, who is accused of driving the tow truck and firing the shot that killed Brown. Alexis's trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 3.

Charging documents give the following account of the Oct. 13, 2006, incident:

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