MAYS LANDING- An Atlantic County grand jury returned an indictment against two Atlantic City men on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, in connection with the murder of Deshawn Dawkins that occurred on August 27, 2017, in Atlantic City, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Bashawn K. Whitted-Scott, 25, and Brian S. Richardson, 26, were indicted for the following:
- First degree Felony Murder
- First degree Armed Robbery
- Second degree Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose
- Second degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun
- Second degree Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery
In addition, Brian S. Richardson, 26, was also indicted for second degree Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Person.
On August 27, 2017, in the area of 8 S. Virginia Avenue, Dawkins was shot and killed during the course of a robbery. Whitted-Scott is in custody in the Atlantic County Justice Facility and Richardson is a fugitive and remains at large.
The investigation is led by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Major Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Atlantic City Police Department. Assistant Prosecutor Marisa McGarvey represents the state in the matter.
***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.