Attorney of accused killer disputes murder confession

Ma­lik An­der­son

Ma­lik An­der­son stood over the mo­tion­less body of his lifelong friend, looked in­to his dis­tant eyes and shot him nine times in the face, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment that the ac­cused killer al­legedly made to po­lice.

But after a Mu­ni­cip­al Court hear­ing last Wed­nes­day, An­der­son’s at­tor­ney dis­puted the pur­por­ted murder con­fes­sion, claim­ing that hom­icide de­tect­ives vi­ol­ated his 19-year-old cli­ent’s rights in coax­ing him to talk about the Aug. 19 slay­ing of Daquan Mar­quis Crump at a Somer­ton con­struc­tion site.

“We don’t quar­rel with the fact that [An­der­son] gave a state­ment,” de­fense at­tor­ney Charles A. Per­uto Jr. told the North­east Times. “We dis­agree with how it was taken.”

Ac­cord­ing to Per­uto, de­tect­ives ques­tioned An­der­son at Hom­icide Unit headquar­ters soon after the Aug. 19 shoot­ing, but An­der­son denied his in­volve­ment. Upon his re­lease, An­der­son’s fam­ily hired Per­uto, who then no­ti­fied po­lice that he rep­res­en­ted An­der­son.

Per­uto con­tends that de­tect­ives vi­ol­ated his cli­ent’s rights by ques­tion­ing him again without the at­tor­ney present. That’s when An­der­son al­legedly gave his damning con­fes­sion. De­tect­ives re­cor­ded An­der­son’s state­ment in a three-page doc­u­ment that As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Richard Sax sub­mit­ted at last week’s pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing. After the hear­ing, Sax said that de­tect­ives did noth­ing wrong in ques­tion­ing An­der­son without his at­tor­ney present. For pur­poses of the hear­ing, the de­fense agreed that po­lice read a Mir­anda warn­ing to the de­fend­ant be­fore ques­tion­ing him, ac­cord­ing to the pro­sec­utor.

“Con­sti­tu­tion­al rights are per­son­al to the in­di­vidu­al. It’s the de­fend­ant’s right either to ex­er­cise [them] or give [them] up,” Sax told the North­east Times.

Per­uto said he in­tends to ar­gue the valid­ity of the al­leged con­fes­sion fur­ther as the case pro­gresses.

“That’s a hear­ing for an­oth­er day,” Sax said.

The pro­sec­utor presen­ted one wit­ness, hom­icide De­tect­ive Fred Mole, who read An­der­son’s al­leged con­fes­sion aloud. Judge Dav­id C. Shuter ordered An­der­son to be held for tri­al on a gen­er­al murder charge and weapons of­fenses. An­der­son, of the 1800 block of Tom­lin­son Road, re­mains in jail and is in­eligible for bail be­cause of the cap­it­al charge against him.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, An­der­son claimed sym­pathy for the dy­ing Crump, even in the midst of his shoot­ing spree. Po­lice have said that An­der­son car­ried out the murder be­cause Crump, 19, re­fused to share pro­ceeds from the sale of a stolen video game sys­tem. Crump, of the 9900 block of Hal­de­man Ave., stole the game from a mu­tu­al ac­quaint­ance of the teens and sold it for $60.

After a night of “hanging out” with oth­er friends at vari­ous neigh­bor­hood loc­a­tions, An­der­son al­legedly led Crump to an in­dus­tri­al con­struc­tion site at 10175 North­east Ave., at about 5:30 a.m. As the pair walked through the yard, An­der­son al­legedly began shoot­ing.

“I shot Daquan once in the back of the head and he fell to the ground. His eyes were still open and he was star­ing off, like in­to space,” An­der­son al­legedly told po­lice. “I couldn’t leave him there and I didn’t want to see him like that. I stood over him and pulled the trig­ger and shot him in the face un­til the gun stopped.”

An­der­son al­legedly used a .22-caliber pis­tol in the slay­ing. A con­struc­tion work­er dis­covered Crump’s body at about 7:19 a.m. Po­lice ar­res­ted An­der­son on Aug. 28 and al­legedly re­covered the gun in­side a re­fri­ger­at­or at his home. An­der­son has no crim­in­al his­tory in Phil­adelphia, ac­cord­ing to court re­cords, al­though po­lice have said he has “two very, very minor pri­ors.”

An­der­son is sched­uled for a Com­mon Pleas Court ar­raign­ment on Oct. 9. ••

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