New charges reveal murder-for-hire plot, possible gang-related shooting

Darrell “DJ” Emmett Carter Jr., 18, of South Charleston, was charged with solicitation to commit murder Monday morning.

A man charged with malicious wounding and murder in two separate incidents on Charleston’s West Side in the past month is now charged with putting a hit out on police Lt. Steve Cooper.

Darrell “DJ” Emmett Carter Jr., 18, of South Charleston, was charged Monday morning with solicitation to commit murder.

Carter allegedly hired two men, Juhamar Bradshaw and a juvenile whose identity is being withheld, to kill Cooper for $15,000, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.

Carter also was charged with murder Saturday in connection with the Wednesday shooting death of Tymel McKinney, 19, of Charleston.

Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster said Carter was dissatisfied with Cooper’s handling of a malicious wounding charge from March 30.

An area native, Cooper has been the city’s chief of detectives since January 2005 and has been a detective for more than 16 years.

“According to Carter, both Bradshaw and the juvenile were reluctant to accept the job, but both did agree to commit the murder for $15,000,” Webster said.

Webster said Carter’s murder-for-hire plot, and his involvement with McKinney’s murder last week, came to light Friday when Carter was arrested again for malicious wounding in connection with a March 30 incident near the intersection of Stuart and Barton streets. Webster said the charges against Carter were dropped because Donte Davis, the victim in that shooting, did not appear at a preliminary hearing.

When interviewed by police, Carter admitted he was present during the slaying of McKinney. Mark Anthony Gaddy, 23, of Detroit, and a 17-year-old Charleston juvenile were charged with murder in connection with McKinney’s shooting last week.

Carter said he had a silver .22-caliber pistol, but denied firing it, according to the complaint. Seventeen .40-caliber shell casings were recovered from the crime scene. No .22-caliber shell casings were found.

Carter told authorities McKinney was for disrespecting a gang known as “Sex-Money-Murder,” the complaint said. The hit on McKinney was said to have been ordered by a superior of the Sex-Money-Murder/ 7-Mile Blood gang from Detroit.

Webster said Carter, Bradshaw and the juvenile discussed the order two weeks ago at an apartment at Littlepage Terrace on the city’s West Side.

Cash would be paid in installments, half before the hit and the rest after, the complaint said.

Webster said Cooper and his family have been provided extra security since the plot came to light Friday. Neither Bradshaw nor the juvenile have been arrested, but Webster said additional charges are pending further investigation.

The subject came up while Cooper was on MetroNews “Talkline” Monday. The veteran detective told host Hoppy Kercheval that the murder-for-hire plot “takes it to another level.”

“Fortunately we have all these individuals incarcerated,” Cooper said of those involved in recent West Side shootings. “It’s shocking the shootings took place, but fortunately we were able to incarcerate them in quick fashion. They are locked up and they’re not getting out.”

Cooper said drug dealers from Detroit that come to Charleston are typically lower-level gang members or drug traffickers. Cooper said they come to make money and purchase weapons, and ship it all back to Detroit.

They are prone to violence and do not like it when the media spotlight is on them, Cooper said.

“Lt. Cooper is one of many police officers we have on our department,” Webster said. “A lot of times, he’s the media face for it, so he’s not done anything wrong here. He’s doing his job as a sworn police officer.

“For someone to solicit murder to kill him, that’s unacceptable,” Webster said. “We’re going to use every available resource we have to investigate this case.”

Webster said his office has been in contact with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and “several federal agencies” regarding the plot.

He said the investigation is being conducted internally at this time.

Webster added that the crimes that have been happening on the West Side recently have all stemmed from a small faction of people. He feels that most of the people involved with the recent string of crimes are behind bars.

“We hope that the fact that they’re in jail and they will stay in jail, there will be a cooling-off period,” Webster said. “There might be someone else that tries to take their place, but we hope not. We’ve got to remain vigilant, and I’m very proud of (officers’) efforts so far.”

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