Crime

Fourth suspect charged in Riverland Drive shooting

Ben Wright

benw@ledger-enquirer.com

Kenjerald Jordan
Kenjerald Jordan

A fourth suspect has been charged in connection with the Dec. 16 fatal shooting at 1811 Riverland Drive, police said Wednesday.

Jaleel Merritt, 20, and Jacorion Gary, 19, were arrested Jan. 8 and charged with one count each of murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of criminal attempt armed robbery in the death of Darwyn Taylor.

Kenjerald Jordan, 16, and Dantrell Sims, 20, who were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, face a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Friday in Recorder’s Court.

Arrested in the 2100 block of 14th Avenue, Sims will face one count of one count each of murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and two counts of criminal attempt armed robbery. Jordan's charges weren't immediately made available.

 In a release, police said four suspects were involved in the shooting that left Taylor dead and another man seriously injured.

 Darecco Navlose Merritt, 25, was charged with hindering the apprehension of fugitives after police allegedly found Darecco in a Torch Hill Road residence with Jaleel Merritt and Gary. Jaleel Merritt and Gary were wanted on felony charges at the time of their arrest.

Police said the shooting stemmed from an attempted armed robbery.

 Taylor drove his 24-year-old godbrother to the Riverland Apartments, so his brother could buy a gun from Gary. Police said Gary and at least one other individual met with the victims behind the apartment complex. Gary allegedly got into the backseat of a vehicle occupied by the victims while a second individual stood outside the car before gunfire erupted.

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