Murder USA: Friday the 13th unlucky for accused killer of drug dealer Irvonte Jones; Shaquille Gaskins was hiding out in jail!

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Friday the 13th unlucky for accused killer of drug dealer Irvonte Jones; Shaquille Gaskins was hiding out in jail!

(SALISBURY, MD) – Maryland State Police report that homicide investigators arrested a Wicomico County man yesterday and charged him with the murder of Irvonte Jones on April 3, 2016.

The accused is identified as Shaquille Gaskins, 22, of Salisbury, Maryland.  Gaskins is charged with first and second-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, possession of a firearm, use of a firearm in a violent crime and home invasion.  Gaskins was served the indictment while in the Wicomico County Detention Center, where he is awaiting trial for a separate incident.  He is currently being held without bond and will remain at the Wicomico County Detention Center.

Irvonte C. Jones, 24, of Salisbury, Maryland was the victim in a shooting that occurred on Sunday, April 3, 2016, at the home of his girlfriend.   Shortly before 10:00 p.m. that night, troopers from the Salisbury Barrack were dispatched to a single family home in the 1000-block of Pierce Avenue in Salisbury for the reported shooting. Upon their arrival, Jones was found lying unresponsive in a bedroom with multiple gunshot wounds.  He was immediately transported by EMS to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

State police investigators continue to urge anyone with information about this case to contact Lower Eastern Shore Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776 or the Salisbury Barrack at 410-749-3101.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Murder USA  A fresh dead drug dealer in Salisbury have Police on the hunt for a killer

 (SALISBURY, MD) – Police are searching for the person or persons responsible for an overnight shooting that left one drug dealer dead on April 4, 2016. The cops know plenty about the murder victim, they ran a long investigation on him that ended with charges of distribution of drugs on Feb. 18, 2015, in Wicomico County Circuit Court.

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The victim is identified as Irvonte C. Jones, 24, of Salisbury, Md.  Jones was pronounced dead after being transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.  His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Shortly before 10:00 p.m. yesterday, troopers from the Salisbury Barrack were dispatched to the 1000-block of Pierce Avenue, Salisbury, for a reported shooting.  Troopers met the owner of the single family home, who said she had just arrived at the residence and found her boyfriend, Jones, lying unresponsive in a bedroom.  Jones had sustained what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds and was transported by EMS personnel to the hospital.

Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigators responded to conduct the investigation.  State Police crime scene technicians spent the night processing the scene for evidence after a search warrant was obtained.  Investigators continue to interview neighbors and family members.  A member of the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office responded to the scene and continues to work with investigators.  Additional assistance is being provided by the Wicomico County Bureau of Investigation and the State Police Gang Enforcement Unit.

The preliminary investigation indicates Jones was alone in the home when he was shot.  A suspect description has not been developed at this time.  A motive has not been identified.  It is unclear yet if the person or persons responsible forced their way into the home, or were let in by the victim.

State Police investigators urge anyone with information about this victim or the person(s) responsible for his death to contact Lower Eastern Shore Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776, or the Salisbury Barrack at 410-749-3101.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Represented by attorney David W. Moore, Jones was successful in getting Wicomico States Attorney Matthew A. Maciarello to drop the charges on June 3, 2015. Typical reasons for a States Attorney to drop charges are: the accused sentenced to prison on other charges making further prosecution unnecessary; death of the accused; the accused flipping on other drug dealers making his own charges ‘go away’ but creating motive for a would-be killer such as in this case; a lack of proper chain of custody for evidence or other factors in which the prosecutor determines that a trial cannot go forward at that date as the prosecutor has one year and a day from the time of the offence to bring about new charges or an indictment.

Given the above possibilities, and the fact that Salisbury Police, Maryland State Police, and Wicomico County Sheriff’s deputies are all hunting for the killer it’s a good bet that the cops know exactly who they are looking for and will soon make an arrest.

Jones had prior instances of drug convictions, with a guilty plea to possession in a plea deal that dropped distribution charges on Nov. 19, 2012, resulting in his four-year stretch in prison. Had Jones actually been kept in jail, he would have been still there and not available to his killer on the outside.  Jones had been arrested by Wicomico Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Cook and Salisbury Police Officer Jonathan Oliver, along with Maryland State Police Detective Michael J. Porta.

Another drug conviction with a guilty plea by Jones took place on Sept. 24, 2010, and it came with a sentence of 18 months in the local jail. The revolving door of drug charges included an earlier guilty plea on Oct. 10, 2010, with a sentence of 7 months and one day – all of which were in Wicomico County Circuit Court.

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