Murder charge expected to be dropped

Published 8:47 am Saturday, June 9, 2012

COURTLAND—A murder charge is expected to be dropped against a Courtland man accused in the October 2010 shooting of Darrin Lee at Southampton Meadows Mobile Home Park.

Patrick Bales, the attorney for Quadrick Ashburn, said Friday he understands that Southampton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Cooke will drop the charges during a 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 11, hearing in Circuit Court in Courtland.

Bales didn’t say why.

“There is a development that came up in the case that I cannot discuss,” he said.

Cooke wouldn’t comment.

Ashburn, 21, was among six arrested for the murder of the 28-year-old in a robbery gone bad.

Bruce Boone, 19, of Suffolk in September admitted to second-degree murder and faces eight to 18 years in prison.

A jury in March recommended life in prison plus 33 years for Rasheed Brown, 23, of Franklin. Brown’s sentencing is scheduled for July 24.

The plea of Ernest Jones, 23, was taken off the table after prosecutors accused him of lying under oath during Brown’s trial.

A hearing is scheduled for Shahon Cumbo, 23, of Franklin, who is expected to ask for a new trial because of Jones’ changed in testimony.

Darrien Robinson, 22, of Suffolk will have a trial on July 16.