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Three face charges in Caroline shooting

Three Caroline County men face separate jury trials stemming from a shooting incident last year that prosecutors say was in retaliation for a 2007 death of a young family member.

Kire Davon Worley, 20, and brothers Jessee Rashaund Morris, 23, and J’uan Tyvelle Morris, 21, are each charged in Caroline Circuit Court with attempted murder, attempted malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding while part of a mob, discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling, conspiracy to commit murder and three firearms charges.

They were indicted May 7.

The charges stem from a June 6, 2013, incident when a home on Brownstone Road in Ruther Glen was hit by gunfire in a drive-by style shooting, said Caroline Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Diane Abato.

There were four people sleeping in the residence at the time, but no one was injured, she said.

Abato said during a preliminary hearing that prosecutors believe that 24-year-old Shawn Terrell was the intended target in retaliation for the November 2007 shooting death of 16-year-old Raquel Hunter.

Hunter, who prosecutors say is related to the defendants, was shot in the head after a fight broke out at a classmate’s birthday party.

Terrell, who was 17 at the time, pleaded guilty in 2009 to felony malicious wounding by mob in the slaying. He received a suspended 20-year sentence.

Eight others were also charged with sentences ranging from suspended sentences to 50 years in prison, court records show.

Abato said cases with multiple defendants are usually tried together by one jury. But because defendants in the 2013 shooting made different statements implicating each other, they are being tried separately.

Trial dates were set Wednesday in Circuit Court. Worley’s is scheduled for July 31. Jessee Morris will be tried Aug. 25, and J’uan Morris is set for a trial on Aug. 27.

They are currently being held in the Pamunkey Regional Jail.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419

psmith@fredericksburg.com

 

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