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Plea deal expected in U.Md. student’s killing

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Hyattsville man accused of murdering a University of Maryland, College Park student during a robbery of the young man's home is considering a plea deal in the case, according to court records.

A plea hearing is scheduled Friday in Prince George's County Circuit Court for 24-year-old Deandre Ricardo Williams, who was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Justin DeSha-Overcash.

"We anticipate he's going to enter a plea to the lead count of first-degree murder," said Leslie Graves said, a spokeswoman for the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office.

A masked man shot and killed DeSha-Overcash, 22, in January 2011 during a robbery attempt at DeSha-Overcash's off campus home, county police said. Officials think the 38th Avenue home was targeted because of the cache of marijuana found inside after the killing. They said that during a struggle with the robber DeSha-Overcash struck the man in the face with a glass jar containing marijuana.

Reached for comment Wednesday, Williams' attorney, William Brennan Jr., declined to comment on the potential plea.

Williams and Stephan E. Weaver, 22, of Bowie, were both arrested in March in connection with the shooting. Weaver still faces weapons and robbery charges. Police think he acted as the getaway driver.

DeSha-Overcash's death was among the 13 homicides in Prince George's County that happened in the first 13 days of 2011.

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