Boyhood friend charged in ‘personal’ killing of teen

Ma­lik An­der­son has been charged in the shoot­ing death of friend Daquan Crump.

The fatal shoot­ing of a Somer­ton teen at a neigh­bor­hood con­struc­tion site on Aug. 19 was even more “per­son­al” than hom­icide de­tect­ives ini­tially ima­gined.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing, po­lice charged a boy­hood friend of the vic­tim for car­ry­ing out the ex­e­cu­tion-style murder, which res­ul­ted from a dis­pute over a stolen video game con­sole, in­vest­ig­at­ors said.

Ma­lik An­der­son, 18, of the 1800 block of Tom­lin­son Road, al­legedly lured his long­time pal, Daquan Mar­quis Crump, to a con­struc­tion site at 10175 North­east Ave. and shot him about a dozen times in the face and head with a .22-caliber pis­tol, ac­cord­ing to Capt. James Clark, the hom­icide unit com­mand­er.

The shoot­ing oc­curred at about 5:30 a.m. A con­struc­tion work­er dis­covered Crump’s corpse at 7:19 that morn­ing. An­der­son al­legedly told de­tect­ives that he and Crump walked to­geth­er to the murder site, where An­der­son shot the un­sus­pect­ing Crump in the back of the head. With the wounded vic­tim on the ground, An­der­son shot him nu­mer­ous more times.

Crump, 19, of the 9900 block of Hal­de­man Ave., was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Ac­cord­ing to Clark, An­der­son told de­tect­ives that he and Crump had planned to steal an­oth­er friend’s PS3 game sys­tem, sell it and share the pro­ceeds. But Crump car­ried out the theft on his own, an­ger­ing An­der­son.

Po­lice re­covered the murder weapon from a re­fri­ger­at­or in An­der­son’s home. De­tect­ives con­tin­ue to ques­tion him about his activ­it­ies be­fore and after the slay­ing, Clark said.

In­vest­ig­at­ors be­lieve that An­der­son ac­ted alone. They ar­res­ted him “without in­cid­ent” at his home at about 5 a.m. Wed­nes­day, Clark said.

A bail hear­ing was pending. In ac­cord­ance with state law, de­fend­ants charged with cap­it­al murder are not eli­gible for bail. ••

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