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Man Accused Of Hiring Two People To Have Charleston Police Lieutenant Killed

Reported: Apr. 28, 2014 11:04 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 28, 2014 7:00 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin) -- A Charleston teenage murder suspect is facing a new charge after police say he hired two men to kill a Charleston police lieutenant.

Darrell "DJ" Carter, 18, was charged Monday with solicitation to commit murder, a felony. Police say he hired two men to have Lt. Steve Cooper, the chief of detectives, killed for $15,000.

Cooper would not comment on the case on Monday because he is a victim in the case.

For the second time in as many days, Carter found himself going before a judge. Fresh off his latest arrests for murder, and malicious wounding, Carter is now charged with solicitation to commit murder.

Cooper, a detective for 17 years, has headed up countless investigations but never against himself. Police say Carter offered two men, Juhamar Bradshaw, and an unidentified juvenile, $15,000 to murder him. The money was to be split into two payments, half up front and half when the hit was complete, according to the criminal complaint.

"It definitely shocks the department but I think when the residents and the community see, they think 'wow' there are some really bad people out there that are willing to stop at nothing to perpetuate their crimes," Charleston Chief of Police Brent Webster said.

Carter was apparently dissatisfied with Cooper's handling of a malicious wounding charge against him. He was charged March 30th after a shooting on Stuart Street. That charge was dropped when the victim didn't show up to a preliminary hearing, but police refiled the charge. Carter was arrested on Friday for the malicious wounding. Police say that's when he confessed to his involvement in the murder of Tymel McKinney, 18. McKinney was shot and killed on his front porch last week.

Carter allegedly told police that McKinney's murder was gang related and carried out after McKinney disrespected a gang known as "Sex Money Murder." The hit on McKinney was allegedly ordered from a superior of the Seven Mile Blood gang from Detroit.

"If they're going to get involved in criminal activity, violent criminal activity from this area, they're going to get caught," Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said.

Webster says Carter was gang ties.

He openly posted a picture on his Facebook page of a bus tickey to Detroit in February titling it, "Yeah we make moves."

"We're very fortunate that we're able to catch it at this level. Not sure if Lt. Cooper and his family are still in danger or not. We're going to keep exploring our avenues there and making sure he's safe and his family is safe," Webster said.

The feds have been notified about the case, but right now, the charges remain at a state level.

Webster says Cooper and his family have been under tight security since the plot was uncovered.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin, Jeff Morris) -- A man has been accused of hiring two people in a plot to have a Charleston police lieutenant killed.

Darrell Carter, also known as D.J. Carter, allegedly hired two people to have Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives for the Charleston Police Department, killed, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

The complaint said Carter gave a statement saying that two weeks ago he met with Juhamar Bradshaw and an unnamed juvenile to discuss a murder for hire at an apartment in Little Page housing project on the West Side of Charleston. Carter asked Bradshaw and the juvenile to murder Cooper for a price of $15,000, the complaint said. The complaint said the money was to be split in two payments, half up front and half when the hit was completed.

Carter told police that Bradshaw and the juvenile were reluctant to accept the job but both agreed to commit the murder for $15,000, the complaint said. Carter said his motive for the solicitation of murder was he was dissatisfied with Cooper's handling of Carter's previous malicious wounding charge from March 2014.

Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster said Carter has gang connections.

Meanwhile, Bradshaw is wanted for questioning in the murder-for-hire plot. There also is an unrelated capias for Bradshaw for fleeing.



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