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Man connected to alleged detective murder plot arrested

By Travis Crum, Staff writer

A man connected to an alleged murder-for-hire plot against the Charleston Police Department’s chief of detectives has been arrested on an unrelated charge.

Earl Juhamar Bradshaw, 20, of Charleston, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for allegedly fleeing from police, filed in Charleston’s Municipal Court on Sept. 15, 2013.

He was being held Thursday in South Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $562 bail.

On Monday, police charged Darrell Emmett “D.J.” Carter with solicitation to commit murder in connection to an alleged plot to kill Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper. According to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, Carter met with Bradshaw and an unidentified juvenile at Littlepage Terrace two weeks ago and offered to pay them $15,000 to kill Cooper. Half of the money was to be paid up front, the complaint said.

Bradshaw has not been charged in connection to the alleged plot. Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster said Bradshaw has denied any involvement and there’s not enough evidence to implicate him in the alleged scheme.

“For someone to just sit back and listen to [the plot] and not agree to it or take any money does not necessarily mean they are guilty of a crime,” Webster said.

Police are still investigating Bradshaw and the unidentified juvenile, he said.

Carter was arrested over the weekend on a charge of first-degree murder in connection to the killing last week of Tymel McKinney, 19, of Charleston. Carter allegedly told police he had received orders for a hit on McKinney from a superior in the Sex-Money-Murder/7 Mile Blood gang from Detroit.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, the SMM/7 Mile Blood gang are associated with the Bloods, an association of structured and unstructured gangs that have adopted a single gang culture.

Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


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