Neighbor testifies to hearing gunshots that killed Javan Cale

Guy E. Jones

DePaul Wilson

DOVER — A downstairs neighbor testified to hearing gunshots from an apartment where a 32-year-old Dover man was mortally wounded last year in an alleged incident that left two Maryland men charged with first-degree murder.

The neighbor took the witness stand Wednesday afternoon in Superior Court and described a sequence at Clearfield Apartments on Jan. 10, 2017 when she heard what “I thought was bubble wrap at first, it just popped. But it was gunshots.”

Javan Cale was later pronounced dead at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital after being located by police in his third floor apartment following a 911 call from his girlfriend, according to testimony. Worton residents Guy E. Jones, 28, and DePaul Wilson were charged with first-degree murder and other offenses.

The neighbor said she was with her granddaughter in the second floor apartment when gunfire occurred above, and she immediately checked outside her front door and saw nothing amiss. Looking out her closed back sliding door, however, she spotted two dressed in all dark clothing seemingly having a conversation under a parking lot light.

It appeared one man may have been shot, the neighbor said, and turned his leg to show it to the other person. One man seemed to be wearing a mask covering all but his eyes and forehead, the neighbor recalled, and the other did not turn his head into her view.

The men then disappeared around the side of the building, according to the neighbor. She testified to relaying her information to arriving Dover Police officers and detectives.

Another woman testified to driving past New Burton Road next to the apartment complex sometime after 7:30 and seeing a vehicle stop on the shoulder before three men exited. Two men began to travel across a grassy area covered with snow, which she reportedly thought at the time was odd since the vehicle was close to a parking lot just down the road.

The woman continued to travel home and reported the incident to her husband, a Dover Police officer. Shortly afterward, the officer learned there had been a shooting incident in the same area his wife had driven through.

The woman later told investigating police about what she had seen, and testified that she did not see any firearms or masks.

“They were just figures,” she said.

Police testified to be called to the complex at 120 Haman Drive at 7:47 p.m.

A Dover Police detective testified to viewing nearby surveillance video from a business and determining that suspects were traveling in a silver Dodge Journey vehicle.

The day began with a Dover Police detective testifying about investigating the crime scene, where several bullets and shell casings were located, along with blood evidence, nearly three-quarters of a pound of marijuana, $500 in cash and drug paraphernalia. A silver handgun with one round in the chamber that prosecutors said the late Mr. Cale possessed was also located.

An arriving Dover Police officer testified to using a K-9 to track a scent past the back of the apartment complex and near trees near New Burton Road.

The third day of the trial is scheduled to commence at 10 a.m. today.

Attorneys Patrick J. Collins and Suzanne MacPherson-Johnson are representing the defendants, with Deputy Attorneys General Stephen R. Welch Jr. and Sean Motoyoshi prosecuting. Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. is overseeing the trial.

Mr. Jones and Mr. Wilson were arrested on Feb. 14, 2017 and indicted on June 5, 2017 after extradition from Maryland. Mr. Welch indicated they lived on adjacent properties in Maryland and were reportedly cousins.

Other charges include first-degree attempted robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of firearm or ammunition by person prohibited and second-degree conspiracy.

Court records indicated Mr. Jones is being held at Howard R. Young Correctional Center in Wilmington, and Mr. Jones is in custody at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.

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