Police: Dover killing caught on surveillance tape

DOVER — A 35-year-old man was shot multiple times during an alleged July 13 homicide, police said in court papers, and found lying in front of his vehicle as officers arrived at approximately 2:17 a.m.

Jamal Weeks was later pronounced dead at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover, according to the Dover Police Department.

An autopsy determined that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the upper torso and head.

Erick Morton

Erick Morton

The manner of death was ruled a homicide, authorities stated in an affidavit of probable cause.

The alleged incident occurred in the 900 block of West North Street in the Simon Circle neighborhood, police said.

On Wednesday, authorities announced the arrest of Magnolia resident Erick B. Morton, 29, of the first block of Cypress Branch Road. He was charged with first-degree murder and other alleged offenses after investigation into the incident.

According to police in papers, Mr. Morton was allegedly seen on surveillance video taking an unknown handgun from his waistband that was covered by his T-shirt. He then fired several shots “intentionally” at Mr. Weeks, “striking him in the upper torso and head, ultimately causing his death.”

Police said that Mr. Morton was identified by “numerous” witnesses as allegedly being the handgun-wielding man in the surveillance video.

Police said the handgun used in the alleged shooting has not been recovered.

According to police in papers, Mr. Morton was positively identified by a rap sheet photo and found to have pleaded guilty of a felony possession with intent to deliver a narcotic Schedule I on Aug. 3, 2010, in Kent County Superior Court. That made him ineligible to purchase or possess a firearm and/or ammunition, police said.

On Monday, police said, Mr. Morton was arrested without incident as he appeared at a routine check-in appointment at the Probation and Parole office, authorities said.

Other charges included possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm/ammunition by person prohibited (two counts) and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

After arraignment at JP Court 7 in Dover, Mr. Morton was held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna. A preliminary court hearing was scheduled for July 31, according to papers.

Earlier, police said Mr. Morton’s connection to Dover and Mr. Weeks could not be disclosed. Also, a determination of a motive was not available.

Authorities would not comment on whether other suspects are sought.

The alleged homicide was the fifth in Dover in 2015, police said. Arrests have been made in two cases from April 30 and May 13. Suspects are still sought after incidents on Jan. 25 and April 26, along with an alleged August 2014 homicide in Simon Circle.

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