4 arrested in connection with 2011 homicide of ODU student, nephew of congressman

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Aug 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-14 22:51:35-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Four people have been arrested in connection with a decade-old homicide in Norfolk.

Cold case detectives, in partnership with the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, have arrested and charged the people said to be responsible for the 2011 murder of Christopher Cummings. He was the nephew of late Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings.

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In the early morning of June 10, 2011, Norfolk Police were called to the 800 block of W. 42nd Street for a report of two gunshot victims.

Cummings was found murdered inside of a home, and a second man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries; the other victim survived.

Both men were 20 years old at the time of the shooting.

Detectives have continued to investigate this shooting over the years.

“For more than a decade now Investigators have been relentless in their efforts to solve this case, they have followed up on every lead necessary to ensure the Norfolk Police Department was able to deliver justice to both the surviving victim and to the Cummings family," said Norfolk Police Chief Larry D. Boone. "I want to recognize all the hard work and the level of commitment and professionalism of all those who were involved in bringing this investigation to a close.”

As a result of the investigation and forensic evidence, four men, Kwaume L. Edwards, 32; Javon L. Doyle, 31; Ahmad R. Watson, 30; and Rashad D. Dooley, 28, all of Newport News, have been indicted on 15 charges each.

The four men have been charged with the following: Homicide; first degree murder; conspiracy to commit first degree murder; use of a firearm in commission of first-degree murder; burglary with the intent to commit murder with a deadly weapon; conspiracy to commit burglary with a deadly weapon; use of a firearm in commission of an armed burglary; aggravated malicious wounding; use of firearm in commission of aggravated malicious wounding; attempted second-degree murder; use of firearm in attempted commission of second-degree murder; two counts each of discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling; attempted robbery and use of firearm in commission of a robbery.

Only one of the suspects was arrested out of the state and will be extradited back to Norfolk; the other suspects are all in Virginia jails.

Dooley and Doyle are scheduled to appear in Norfolk Circuit Court on Wednesday, September 15.

Watson has a court appearance scheduled for October 6.

As of September 14, there is no listed court date for Edwards, who is behind bars on other charges per the Virginia Department of Corrections.

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