A search warrant was issued for McCray's car, a 1996 Honda Accord, in which investigators found a number of electronic devices and accessories, including seven iPod Touches, a pair of Beats headphones, two Samsung cell phone chargers and items that allegedly could be used during burglaries such as a pry bar, a trash bag, black gloves and a blue and black jacket the burglary suspect had been seen wearing in surveillance footage, according to charging documents.
"It should be noted, there was also pieces of broken glass located inside Mr. McCray's vehicle that appeared to be pieces of broken glass from large window shatters," Hardesty wrote in the statement of charges.
In addition to the Severn AT&T store and the Laurel Target burglaries, McCray was charged in connection with an August 2013 burglary of an AT&T Store in Annapolis and a burglary of a Target in Glen Burnie in September 2013, according to charging documents.
McCray also had been due in Queen Anne's County Circuit Court in Centreville on March 27 for a hearing on burglary charges he was facing in that county. Lt. Dale Patrick, public information officer for the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office, said McCray was arrested last September on a warrant in connection with a Feb. 13, 2013 "smash and grab" robbery at a Radio Shack in Stevensville.
An estimated $3,600 worth of iPhones and iPads were taken, Patrick said in a telephone interview, referring to charging documents. McCray twice bailed out on the Queen Anne's County case, according to online court records, most recently on Jan. 6, when bail was set at $25,000.
McCray was also facing charges of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, theft and vandalism in Calvert County from a September 2013 incident, according to online court records. He was out on bond with a jury trial scheduled May 13 in Circuit Court in Prince Frederick, according to court records.
One Maryland conviction
In July 2011, McCray was indicted in Charles County on second-degree burglary, theft, vandalism and theft scheme charges in connection with a November 2010 incident, according to court records.
He pleaded guilty to the burglary charge in May 2012 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with nine years suspended. He received credit for 37 days already served in jail, as well as five years' probation. The other three charges were dropped.
On March 19, a petition was filed with the Circuit Court in LaPlata to revoke McCray's probation, and a warrant for his arrest was issued two days later, the same day McCray was killed.
Diane Richardson, who handles media relations for the Charles County Sheriff's Office, said the warrant was returned on March 26 with the notation that the subject, McCray, was deceased as of March 21.
According to charging documents, on Nov. 27, 2010, an AT&T store in Waldorf was burglarized by someone who entered by breaking out glass in the side door. Taken were 46 Bluetooth devices, earpieces and speakers valued at $4,600, an Acer laptop valued at $600, a Samsung Galaxy Touch pad valued at $650 and a BlackBerry phone valued at $265.
The burglar was shown on store surveillance video, but was gone before police arrived, according to the charging documents; however, a brick was left behind which investigators believed was used to smash the window and a DNA analysis was requested from the Charles County Sheriff's Office's Forensic Science Unit.
The following March, the lab notified investigators of a "positive 'hit' from the National DNA Database match between a Virginia Dept. of Forensic Science convicted offender (Rajsaun A. McCray) and to the AT&T burglary," the charging documents state, noting the sample DNA from Charles County was from the brick recovered at the scene of the robbery.
"Defendant McCray is a convicted felon from Virginia and his DNA had been collected previously," the changing documents add.
David Chapman, a lawyer in LaPlata, who represented McCray in the 2012 case, said he did not have any recent information about McCray and did not realize the man whom police shot near Aberdeen appeared to be his former client.
Chapman recalled McCray as being from Washington and possibly living with a girlfriend. Other than remembering him as "a nice looking fellow," about 5 feet, 7 or 8 inches tall and weighing 145-150 pounds, the lawyer said he couldn't think of anything particularly remarkable about his ex-client.
Chapman said the burglary case had "worked out well" for McCray in terms of the deal they were able to make.
"It was a strange case," he said. "It was based on collection and matching of DNA. I haven't seen a lot of those cases. To me [the prosecution's case] was sort of magical."
"So they had this brick with his DNA, go figure," Chapman said. He said he argued anyone could have touched the brick, but it didn't mean they had thrown it at anything. "I told them it was a million to one it was this guy [McCray]; I'm probably not exaggerating."