Local charged with homicide

Authorities a week ago announced that a man whom court records list as having a 19148 zip code faces a triple homicide charge in the 2014 deaths of three men in Lawncrest. District Attorney Seth Williams declared that Quadir Jeffries, already serving a prison term for a violent home invasion, is likely one of the two individuals who pulled off the aforementioned execution-style slayings, noting the announcement comes after a two-year probe that called on an investigating grand jury to corroborate circumstantial evidence incriminating the 24-year-old local.

Williams noted one of the victims had been selling marijuana from his parents’ home and that two figures, Jeffries and Cori Thompson, are the suspects in the deaths of Keurlin Charles, Brian Williams, and Vagner Freemont. A report stated robbery was the motive for the killings and that investigators ended up finding no drugs in the abode except for a half-ounce of weed in Brian Williams’ pocket.

The District Attorney’s office went on to state that the initial link to Jeffries occurred through authorities’ location of a fired cartridge casing in the home and divulged that it matched a casing found four weeks earlier in a Hunting Park home invasion. Law enforcement officials eventually detained Jeffries, who received a 20- to 40-year sentence, and two other offenders for conspiracy, burglary, robbery, and aggravated assault. Jeffries had his bail denied and awaits an April 6 preliminary hearing.