BERLIN, Md.- A 16-year-old Berlin boy has been charged as an adult with first-and and second-degree murder and related offenses in connection with the death of another teen.
According to Maryland State Police, Vershawn Hudson-Crawford's arrest stemmed from an incident that happened Wednesday. Shortly after 6 p.m., Hudson-Crawford, along with his mother and grandmother, went to the Berlin Police Department. Troopers said that upon their arrival, the mother informed police that her son, Vershawn, had been involved in a fight.
During the conversation, police learned of the victim’s location and were immediately dispatched to a wooded area behind an apartment complex where they located Dehaven Nichols, 17, of Berlin, unresponsive. Nichols was pronounced
deceased by EMS personnel. His body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
Police said the preliminary investigation indicates the two teens were involved in an altercation behind an apartment complex off of Route 113 in Berlin. A motive has not yet been determined.
The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was requested to respond and take the lead on this investigation. Additional assistance is being provided by the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Lower Shore, troopers from the Berlin Barrack, the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation, as well as detectives, officers and deputies from the Berlin Police Department and Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.
State police crime scene technicians processed the scene. Investigators have been interviewing witnesses and residents in the area. Crime scene evidence has
been transported to the State Police Forensic Sciences Division crime laboratory for analysis.
Hudson-Crawford is currently awaiting an appearance before a court commissioner in Worcester County.
Anyone with information about this murder is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the Berlin Barrack at 410-641-3101. Callers may remain anonymous.