Police Had Wrong Killer In Annapolis Shooting, Charges Downgraded For 1st Suspect


The Annapolis Police Department no longer thinks Dimitria Weston fatally shot Nelson Poston on June 15. Officers believe somebody else shot Poston and Weston assaulted him afterward. A city police car is shown here on another day. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

ANNAPOLIS, MD — New evidence in a fatal Annapolis shooting suggests police had the wrong killer, a press release said.

Officers originally accused 29-year-old Dimitria Weston of shooting 20-year-old Nelson Poston, ultimately leading to his death last month. Weston and Poston are both from Annapolis.

Authorities now think somebody else shot Poston and Weston assaulted him after the shooting.

The Annapolis Police Department announced the news Wednesday after the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy.

Officers said Poston arrived in the Robinwood neighborhood on Tyler Avenue in a vehicle with other occupants on June 15 around 10:55 p.m.

Poston and other occupants exited the vehicle and appeared to shoot into the community, authorities said.

It's unclear whether Poston fired any shots himself, a police spokesperson said. Officers are investigating this and evaluating any closed-circuit video footage available.

Police said evidence indicates that Poston was shot by an occupant of his vehicle, not Weston, before Weston assaulted him. Weston was not in the vehicle with Poston, the spokesperson confirmed.

Officers said Weston's charges were downgraded from attempted murder to first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and handgun possession.

Weston is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center without bond, authorities said.

Police said Poston died from his injuries on June 18, three days after the shooting.

Detectives are trying to identify Poston's true killer. They do not have any leads on the suspect.

The Annapolis Police Department asked anybody with information to call 410-260-3439. Tipsters can also anonymously contact officers at 410-280-CLUE (410-280-2583).

The Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland offered a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest or an indictment on felony charges. The Metro Crime Stoppers is a non-police organization that collects tips and shares them with detectives.

Informants can anonymously contact the Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587), on metrocrimestoppers.org or through the P3 Tips mobile application.


This map shows the area where authorities said the shooting happened.

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