Police: Woman killed in Dover homicides accompanied suspects to Rodney Village

Saleem Shabazz, left, and Matthew Harrington

Saleem Shabazz, left, and Matthew Harrington

DOVER — An 18-year-old Philadelphia woman shot to death Saturday traveled to the area with two men now each facing a first-degree murder charge connected to an alleged home invasion, authorities said.

Delaware State Police said Haley Henwood was shot as two suspects were chased from a Rodney Village residence in the early morning incident. She was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police have not speculated publicly about her possible involvement in the matter.

Clifton Leager, 52, died after being shot in the residence in the 1400 block of John Clark Road, police said. His son suffered injuries that were treated at the hospital, followed by his release. Police said the son chased two suspects from the residence.

While police have not disclosed a potential motive regarding the incident, they said it was not believed to have been a random act and notified the public via an interview, press release and social media.

The suspects fled east toward U.S. 13, authorities said. A description of a four-door, dark-colored SUV was referenced in a state police news release.

On Sunday, Pennsylvania resident Matthew Harrington, 23, turned himself in to the Buckingham Township (Pennsylvania) Police Department. He was then held at the Bucks County Correctional Facility pending extradition to Delaware.

Police said a news release would be issued upon Mr. Harrington’s return to Delaware.

Still sought is Saleem Shabazz, 21, of Philadelphia, who authorities said is considered armed and dangerous.

Charges include first-degree murder, two counts each of attempted robbery and first-degree burglary, first-degree assault, six counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, first- and second-degree conspiracy, police said.

Extradition process

In general terms, the Delaware Department of Justice said the extradition process begins with a governor’s warrant requesting a fugitive’s return from another state to face criminal charges.

The warrant includes the charges involved, defendant’s identification through photo or fingerprints, “and asserts that the state has a good faith belief that it has sufficient evidence to convict the defendant of the charged crimes.”

Before the defendant is returned, governors of both states involved must authorize the warrant.

A defendant can choose to waive extradition and challenge the warrant through a petition examining whether extradition documents appear to be in sufficient order, whether charges have been filed in the state seeking extradition, whether the petitioner is the person named in the extradition request, and that the petitioner is indeed a fugitive.

If a court in the state where a defendant is held decides that a governor’s warrant meets proper requirements, Delaware DOJ detectives then go out of state to take the defendant into its custody.

Police said more information about the incident on John Clark Road will be released when available.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident or the whereabouts of Mr. Shabazz to call 911 or contact Detective D. Grassi at 365-8441.

Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333, or by sending anonymous tips by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword DSP online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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