Judge finds probable cause in case of slain Maury player
Posted to: Crime News Norfolk


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Tarek Cherry

By Michelle Washington
The Virginian-Pilot
February 10, 2009
NORFOLK

Testimony from a witness who hedged on details of the shooting - such as who fired the gun - was enough for a judge to find probable cause Monday against Tarek Z. Cherry, the 17-year-old who faces murder and weapon charges in the death of a Maury High School football player.

Charles Humphrey, 18, a senior football captain and basketball co-captain, was killed by a shotgun wound to the head on Jan. 4 near 34th Street and Colonial Avenue in Park Place.

The hearing in a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District courtroom was crowded with his friends and relatives. One woman wore a T-shirt bearing Humphrey's picture and the motto "gone but not forgotten."

The witness, Rakeshia Clark, 18, testified that she had been dancing at The Cage Conference Center on 35th Street that night, where she saw Humphrey, or "Little Charles," and Cherry, who goes by the nickname "E-Ray." Later, outside the club, she saw Cherry in a blue car. Clark said she heard shots and ran away, cutting through an alley.

Then she saw a blue car - she would not say definitively whether it was the same car - on Colonial Avenue. After a number of questions, she said she saw a big gun sticking out the window. But when prosecutor Greg Underwood tried to pin down Clark on whether she saw Cherry with the gun and who she saw shooting, she answered indirectly. She said she was scared and ducked, then saw Humphrey's body.

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