Four charged in murder of Waynesboro police captain
aka Kweli Uhuru
Four people have been charged by a federal grand jury for the January abduction and murder of Waynesboro Police Reserve Captain Kevin Wayne Quick. All four could face the death penalty.
In a 28 count indictment that was unsealed on Wednesday, May 14, the grand jury indicted siblings Daniel Mathis, 18, Shantai Shelton, 24, Mersadies Shelton, 20, all of Charlottesville, and Travis Bell, aka Kweli Uhuru, 23, of Front Royal, on those charges, as well as racketeering, narcotics conspiracy, and robbery.
Five other defendants were named in the indictment on different charges, including Devante Bell, who was arrested by federal officials in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 15 on Cutler Avenue in the town of Louisa. Several unnamed juveniles were also mentioned in the indictments.
All of the defendants are either members or associates of the “99 Goonz Syndikate,” which is affiliated with the Bloods criminal street gang.
It is alleged that members of the gang, or enterprise, were involved in racketeering activities from December 2012 until April 2014, which included violent armed robberies, drug distribution, the kidnapping and murder of Quick, and obstruction of justice after the murder.
Pending charges in Goochland General District Court for Anthony White, 22, of Louisa, Gert Wright III, aka Halisi Uhuru, 23, of Front Royal, Anthony Stokes, 32, of Manassas, and Leslie Casterlow, 50, of Manassas, and Travis Bell, as well as those in Louisa County Circuit Court for the two Shelton siblings and Mathis, will officially be moved over to the United States Attorney’s office for federal prosecution.
The pending charges could close not only the Quick abduction and murder case, but also the Super Bowl Sunday assault and attempted robbery in Mineral, the December 2013 robbery of MacQueen’s Convenience Store in Bumpass and the Ferncliff Exxon robbery in January.
In a press conference on Friday, May 16, Assistant United States Attorney Ronald Huber, United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy, and Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire, who will prosecute the case for the United States, announced the indictments of the defendants and talked about the prevalence of gang activity.
“This indictment demonstrates…gangs are here,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said in a press conference on Friday, May 16. “Even in Louisa County…we have among us members of criminal violent street gangs. It is here, and it is something to which we must pay attention.”
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