Co-defendant says Reid fired shots that killed York man
A co-defendant of accused murderer Jeffrey Allen Reid Jr. told jurors Tuesday it was Reid who fired the bullets that killed Dashaun Davis as the victim sat in his car about 20 months ago.
Malik "Problem" Williams testified he is cooperating with prosecutors in exchange for consideration on his own charges. In April, he pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery; in exchange, charges of first- and second-degree murder are being dropped, court records state.
Davis, 23, was listening to music while sitting in his parked car in the 200 block of Union Street the night of July 19, 2014, when he was shot multiple times, York City Police have said.
Williams, 20, of York, told jurors he and his older brother, Naquan "Squeeze" Coakley, agreed to accompany Reid and Reid's then-girlfriend, Shonique Smith-Hanna, on a robbery excursion. A second woman also was with them.
"They required some money or whatever," Williams said of Reid and Smith-Hanna. "We was gonna go rob people."
Bar targeted: The group headed to Pandora's Box Bar & Grill on East Market Street in York City, where the second woman was supposed to lure a man outside to be robbed, Williams testified.
She did, and accompanied the man to his apartment, which was next door to the bar.
"That's when Mr. Reid pulled out a 380 handgun and told me to go upstairs," Williams said, and he complied. He said he knocked on the man's door and when it opened, pointed the gun at the man and told him, "You know what this is."
But Williams said he was momentarily distracted when Reid, known as "Sincere," walked into the apartment building, giving the intended target the opportunity to slam the door and thwart the robbery.
Reid grabbed back his gun and tried in vain to get in the man's apartment, according to Williams.
'Best friends'? At Reid's direction, the group drove to the then-home of Kiara Favors in the 600 block of West Philadelphia Street because Reid said she owed him money, Williams told jurors.
Favors testified Monday that she considered Reid one of her best friends.
Smith-Hanna waited in Reid's Cadillac as Reid, Williams and Coakley went to Favors' home, but were unable to kick down the door, according to Williams.
As the three men headed back to Reid's Cadillac, someone came out of Favors' apartment building, causing Reid to fire his .380-caliber handgun into the air two or three times, Williams testified.
'Messed up': Williams said he didn't know why Reid fired, but said the group — after fleeing the area — argued because "the whole night got messed up." He said Reid was angry.
They drove to the 200 block of Union Street and parked, he said. Williams said he and his brother stayed in the car while Reid and Smith-Hanna left to change clothes in a nearby apartment.
By the time Reid and Smith-Hanna rejoined Williams and Coakley, Dashaun Davis had already parked across the street, Williams said. The spot was just around the corner from Davis' home, police have said.
Williams testified he was talking with Smith-Hanna — who he said is as close to him as a sister — when he realized Reid and Coakley had walked over to Davis' car. Williams told jurors Reid was "leaning into" the car and firing his gun.
"I seen the flashes in the car," he testified. "That's when I panic."
Confrontation: He said he and his brother ran one direction while Reid and Smith-Hanna ran in another, but all four met up on Newberry Street.
"(There was) a lot of confrontation," Williams said. "Reid was like, 'You gotta help me move the body.'"
Williams said that didn't happen, and instead Reid and Coakley went back to Davis' car.
First assistant district attorney Jennifer Russell has said Davis was robbed of his cellphone that night. Williams' testimony suggests that's when it might have happened.
Williams said he and his brother then went home.
Reid fled Pennsylvania with Karina DeJesus, the mother of his child, according to Russell, who said they were later captured in Virginia. DeJesus remains charged with hindering the apprehension of a suspect.
Many lies: During cross-examination, defense attorney Korey Leslie used transcripts of Williams' three police interviews to show that Williams repeatedly lied to city detectives.
Leslie confronted Williams with lie after lie in those transcripts, and Williams agreed. He said he lied a lot to police because he didn't want to get in trouble, and also didn't want his brother or Smith-Hanna to get in trouble.
Smith-Hanna has also made a deal with prosecutors, according to Russell. Court records show she pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and conspiracy, but has not yet been sentenced. Her murder charges were dropped, records state.
Russell has told jurors it doesn't matter who pulled the trigger, whether it was Reid, Coakley or another member of the group. Each co-conspirator is equally guilty under the legal theory of accomplice liability, she said.
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