- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A man who was fatally shot as he held a 2-year-old boy in his arms Wednesday morning was scheduled to testify against two men in an upcoming murder trial, according to law enforcement sources.

Prince George’s County police officials could not confirm whether that was the reason 25-year-old Nicoh Mayhew was targeted in the shooting outside his Seat Pleasant apartment complex. Sources with knowledge of the case said investigators are looking into whether prior criminal involvement also could have been a factor.

A spokesman for the Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office said Mr. Mayhew was going to be a witness in an upcoming trial but would not specify which one.

Mr. Mayhew would have been called to testify in the case of his relative, Brian Cuffie Mayhew, who is one of two men scheduled for trial in February in connection with a 2011 double homicide, law enforcement sources confirmed.

Nicoh Mayhew and the 2-year-old were shot outside an apartment in the 6800 block of Seat Pleasant Drive in Seat Pleasant around 10 a.m. The boy was struck in the arm, but police said his injuries are not life-threatening.

Investigators were looking for two men believed to have been involved in the shooting. County police spokeswoman Julie Parker said the men fled the scene in a black BMW sedan with Maryland license plates. No further description of the men was immediately available.

Brian Mayhew and Kenan Arnon Seif Myers were charged with two counts of first-degree murder and other related crimes for the May 2011 fatal shootings of cousins Anthony Stevens McKelvin, 28, and Sean O’Neil Ellis, 24. The victims were found dead in Capitol Heights inside a parked Lexus that belonged to Ellis’ mother. Investigators found bleach on the victims and other items that led them to believe the killers were trying to set the Lexus ablaze to destroy evidence. The men also face charges of robbery, kidnapping and arson.

Wednesday’s fatal shooting occurred just an hour before a press conference at which Prince George’s County and state officials touted a decrease in crime. Homicides in particular are down 35 percent so far this year compared to last year, officials said. Mr. Mayhew’s death is the county’s 61st homicide this year.

“What happened this morning emphasizes how much more we need to do,” County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said at the press conference at police headquarters.