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11, 14 year olds charged in killing of stepfather

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Maryland state police say a 47-year-old Port Deposit man fatally shot earlier this year was killed by three of his five stepchildren, one of whom is 11 years old.

Police did not identify the 11-year-old boy, who has been charged as a juvenile. The other two suspects were identified as Willie Woodberry, 14, who has been charged as an adult, and Alishawaine R. Monk, 23.

Monk was picked up by U.S. marshals at a relative's home in Philadelphia this month, Woodberry was arrested at his Port Deposit home Tuesday, and the 11-year-old was arrested in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The victim, Vincent M. Robertson, was found dead in his home in the first block of Green Lane on Feb. 17. Police said Robertson lived with his wife and her five sons.

Police said the children were identified as suspects after an "intense and extensive investigation" but declined to provide details. A motive was not known, police said.

The brothers who were charged as adults could face a maximum penalty of life in prison. The brother whose charges were filed in juvenile court could be confined for rehabilitation in a juvenile facility until he turns 21.

No attorneys were listed for the brothers, and no phone number was listed for their home.

According to charging documents cited by the Cecil Whig, Woodberry was connected to the crime by DNA found under the victim's fingernails, which "could be indicative of contact such as a fight or struggle," officers wrote.

Woodberry was also surreptitiously recorded by police as he spoke with his younger brother and his mother inside a room at the North East state police barrack, the Whig reported. During the conversation, he referred to scenarios presented by police about the killing, calling them "irrelevant because we killed him" and saying, "I know who did it and I ain't [expletive] telling you, and I got to keep the drugs," according to police records.

Police said nearly two pounds of marijuana were found in woods near the home.

In addition to first-degree murder, Monk and Woodberry face handgun charges. Monk has faced prior felony drug charges and was sentenced to four years in prison with all but two years suspended on a drug conviction in 2010, court records show.

jfenton@baltsun.com

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