MURDER USA: Update on Beer 4 U Murder – Anthony Dangelo Wilkins found guilty of killing Miaquita Gray
LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, a Charles County jury convicted Anthony Dangelo Wilkins, 37, of Waldorf, of Second-Degree Murder, Attempted Second-Degree Murder, and related charges.
On February 4, 2017, officers responded to the Beer 4 U Bar located in the 2100 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered several victims suffering from various injuries, including Emmanuel Perkins, who sustained head injuries from an earlier assault, and Miaquita Gray, who suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body. Gray was later pronounced deceased as a result of her injuries.
A preliminary investigation revealed that a few moments prior to the shooting, Perkins was physically assaulted and robbed by three male suspects in the bathroom of Beer 4 U. After the assault, Perkins and his girlfriend, Gray, exited the bar and stood in the parking lot of the establishment. The suspects also exited the establishment prior to Gray and Perkins leaving the bar. Perkins recognized the three male suspects and pointed them out. One of the suspects brandished a gun and began firing at Perkins and Gray, fatally striking Gray. Two other victims were struck but did not sustain life-threatening injuries.
A further investigation revealed Wilkins as the shooter and identified co-defendant Charles Leon Thompson, Jr. as an accomplice to the shooting and the armed robbery in the bathroom.
On December 4, 2017, Thompson entered a guilty plea to Armed Robbery and Use of a Handgun During the Commission of a Crime of Violence and was sentenced to 40 years in prison by the Honorable Judge William R. Greer Jr. on June 29, 2018.
A sentencing date has been set for Wilkins on October 20, 2021, at 1 p.m. He faces up to 138 years in prison.
- Second-Degree Murder of Miaquita Gray
- Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime of Violence
- Attempted Second-Degree Murder of Emmanuel Perkins
- Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime of Violence
- 3 counts of Reckless Endangerment
- 2 counts of Second-Degree Assault
- Wear, Carry, and Transport of Handgun Upon Their Person
- Firearm Possession with Felony Conviction
WALDORF, MD. — The killing fields of Waldorf exploded again as a hell-hole bar was the scene of a brutal murder of a Lexington Park woman. Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry reports that Anthony Dangelo Wilkins, 33, of Waldorf, Md., a drug dealer who was convicted but given a light sentence, is now wanted for murder.
Charles County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division have identified Wilkins as the suspect in the murder of Miaquita Gray, who was shot and killed on Feb. 4, 2017.
An arrest warrant has been obtained for Anthony Dangelo Wilkins, 33, of 12589 Council Oak Drive, Waldorf, Md. Sheriff Berry reports the following details of the shooting:
On February 4 at 1:25 a.m., Charles County Sheriff’s Officers responded to a business, Beer 4 U, located at 2177 Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a shooting.
The Sheriff says that when officers arrived at the bar, they located two people with gunshot wounds. Miaquita Gray, 26, of Lexington Park, had a gunshot wound to the upper body; she was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced deceased, and a 24-year-old male was grazed in the leg during the shooting.
At that time, the suspect – who was in the parking lot – pulled out a gun and fired multiple rounds, striking Gray and grazing another man. It does not appear Gray was the intended target. The man who had been assaulted earlier was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.
Police say that there had been an altercation inside the business before the shooting, during which an acquaintance of Gray was beaten. Shortly after the altercation, the man who had been assaulted went outside to talk with Gray, who had just left. At that time, the suspect – who was in the parking lot – pulled out a gun and fired multiple rounds, striking Gray and grazing another man. It does not appear Gray was the intended target. The man who had been assaulted earlier was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.
Beer 4 U is located in an older slot-machine-era building on the southbound side of Rt. 301 which has housed a long procession of wild hell-hole bars over the past twenty years.
Anthony Dangelo Wilkins is 5’10”, 190 lbs., has long hair he wears in cornrows, and has multiple tattoos on his neck, chest, and arms. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to his arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. B. Buchanan at (301) 609-6477. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. The investigation is ongoing.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
Wilkins was charged on April 16, 2013, with driving without a license and while suspended. Charles County States Attorney Anthony Covington dropped the charges in Circuit Court on July 1, 2013, after a plea hearing. As part of the plea deal, Wilkins entered a plea of guilty to driving on a public highway and was given seven months in jail with all of the jail time suspended and no fine. The probation was unsupervised which added up to just about nothing. Perhaps States Attorney Covington could have given him a Mickey Mouse lunchbox with a peanut and butter jelly sandwich in it as a bonus. Defense Attorney William F. Renahan, a top-flight litigator, must have scared Covington and his assistants with the prospect of having to actually prosecute a case and they just cut and run on what should have been a slam dunk. Hopefully, Renahan will one day run for election as States Attorney and bring his talents to the benefit of the citizens of Charles County. Renahan has represented Wilkins on the majority of his criminal cases in Charles County. He is a taxpayer-provided free attorney for Wilkins.
While Wilkins was a brief resident of the State Prison in Jessup, Md., he was served notice on April 23, 2013, with a paternity suit on behalf of Tennille Latrice Riley, who claimed that Wilkins was her baby daddy. The Court ordered on Nov. 15, 2013, that child support was to commence to be paid by this Rooster within sixty days of his release from prison.
Wilkins was found guilty of attempting to elude police after jumping out of his vehicle and fleeing on foot, in Charles County District Court on June 24, 2011. The sentence was one year in jail with no time suspended. The verdict was appealed to Circuit Court on June 28, 2011.
Dealing drugs in Charles County resulted in Wilkins being indicted for possession with the intent to distribute drugs, but due to a weak prosecutor a plea deal was cut on March 7, 2013, and this dirtbag drug dealer was given a cool eight years in prison but allowed probation. A warrant for a violation of probation was filed on March 7, 2011. Renahan once again prevailed for his dirtbag client.
Wilkins got a plea deal to a charge of second-degree assault on March 26, 2010, and was given ninety days in jail.
When indicted for twenty-five counts of armed robbery, conspiracy, use of a gun in a violent crime, first-degree assault on Sept. 11, 2000, all of the charges were dumped by the Charles County States Attorney on Jan. 5, 2001.
On Feb. 3, 2013, in Charles County District Court, Wilkins was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drugs. The pot charge was dropped, and on July 1, 2013, the drug charge was dealt with by a plea agreement of a guilty plea in exchange for a sentence of four years in prison with three years and five days suspended. That deal allowed for Wilkins to spend his time in the slammer in the local jail instead of the state prison. Renahan made this deal with Covington.