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Trial for Rahzir Meyers, accused of fatally shooting 15-year-old July 4 in Edgewood, likely to be postponed

Rahzir Martin Meyers, 18, of Abingdon, is charged in the murder of Khalil Johnson early in the morning of July 4. Harford Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said the two were part of rival street gangs.
Rahzir Martin Meyers, 18, of Abingdon, is charged in the murder of Khalil Johnson early in the morning of July 4. Harford Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said the two were part of rival street gangs. (Courtesy Harford Sheriff's Offic / Baltimore Sun)

The defense and prosecutors are both seeking the postponement Wednesday of the murder case against 18-year-old Rahzir Meyers, who is accused of fatally shooting an Edgewood teen on the Fourth of July.

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A hearing on the postponement is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in Harford County Circuit Court.

Meyers, of the 1300 block of Hidden Brook Court in Abingdon, is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, use of a handgun in commission of a felony, reckless endangerment, possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm as a minor, association with a gang that results in death and conspiracy to associate with a gang that results in death, according to online court records.

Meyers allegedly shot Johnson early in the morning July 4 in the area near Eloise Lane and Brookside Drive in Edgewood. He was arrested July 7 and has been held at the Harford County Detention Center without bail since his arrest.

A Harford County grand jury indicted Meyers on July 30, including on the conspiracy and gang-related charges, which were not among the original charges brought when he was arrested, according to electronic court records.

Johnson was a member of the Thug Entertainment set of the Crips gang, while Meyers is a member of the 400s set of the Bloods, according to court records.

“It is believed that the shooting was part of an ongoing feud between the rival gangs,” prosecutors wrote in a motion to divulge Meyers’ juvenile record, which was granted by Circuit Court Judge M. Elizabeth Bowen.

To prove Meyers is part of a gang, it must cite two or more underlying crimes related to gang participation, according to court records.

According to the motion filed by Assistant State’s Attorney Nicole Haas, Meyers was found responsible in incidents on Jan. 2, 2018, and Oct. 2, 2017, that would constitute participation or association with a criminal gang and was involved in fights March 6, 2018, and Oct. 25, 2018, according to Harford County Sheriff’s Office reports, that would constitute participation or association with a criminal gang.

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