The body of a Charles County man was found in the District on Tuesday, bound and decomposing, police said.
Police found Derrell S. Cooks, 25, in the back seat of his car in the 2800 block of Second Street SE about 4:30 p.m.
Cooks, a Waldorf resident, was reported missing Monday, two days after he went out to deliver a pound of marijuana late Saturday, according to charging documents filed yesterday by a Charles police detective.
The charging documents said Cooks was killed in a robbery plot that had been a month in the planning.
Police said warrants have been issued for three men in connection with the slaying: Arthur F. "Scooter" White Jr., 33, of Aquasco and John H. Goldring Jr., 29, and William T. "Tyrone" Lyles, 29, both of Waldorf.
All three have been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault and the use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime, police said.
White was arrested Tuesday night. The other two remain at large.
Charging documents say Goldring called Cooks on Saturday evening and instructed him to bring a pound of marijuana to Lyles's home on Lyles Place in Waldorf.
When Cooks, also known as Smiley, entered Lyles's home, the four men got into a fight. Twenty minutes later, a witness saw Cooks's body being dragged out of the trailer by his arms, his face badly bloodied, a rope around his neck. One witness told police that Cooks appeared to be unconscious, according to charging documents.
Kristen Adkins, spokeswoman for the Charles County Sheriff's Office, said Cooks was killed by a gunshot while in the house.
Cooks's body was dumped into the back of his 1987 Honda Accord, which was driven to the District, police said.
The next day, Charles police received an anonymous tip that Lyles had shot Cooks. A day later, the mother of Cooks's child went to Lyles Place to search for Cooks. A neighbor told her what had happened to Cooks.
On Tuesday afternoon, when police in the District traced the license plate of the car, they found that it matched Cooks's car and notified the sheriff's office.
William Lyles Sr. said that the slaying happened at his son's home but that White -- not his son -- committed it.
"I don't have any words for you," he said. "I'm just so disgusted with the whole thing."
Staff writer Del Quentin Wilber contributed to this report.