Two men already serving time in state prisons will be in court next week to hear charges linking them to a July homicide in Atlantic City that also injured a baby.
Kahlil Blackwell, 20, of Mays Landing, and Demarice Bennett, 25, of Pleasantville, were charged this week in the July 29 daylight killing of Sedrick Lindo. They are due for their first court appearance Dec. 7.
Lindo, 25, was shot outside a Carver Hall apartment building on the 500 block of N. South Carolina Avenue. A baby nearby suffered a chest wound from what was believed to be a ricochetted bullet. Some reports had Lindo holding the baby, but that has never been confirmed.
Two others already are charged in the killing, Joshua Cross, 25, of Mays Landing, and Mujahid Blackwell, 16, of Atlantic City. All are charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has not released who is believed to be the gunman.
A city resident, Myisha Wyatt, 21, is charged with false swearing in the case, although details were not given. The fourth-degree crime does not mandate jail time, and Wyatt was released on a summons Sept. 4.
Kahlil Blackwell is in the Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility on drug and gun charges. He was admitted in September. Bennett is at the Southern State Correctional Facility on drug and robbery charges. He was admitted there July 31 — two days after Lindo’s killing. Bennett previously served a nearly 5½-year sentence on drug, gun and robbery charges, according to state Department of Corrections records. That term ended in October of 2011.
The Blackwells, who are related, were arrested together in April, police said, after they saw Kahlil, then 19, smoking pot on a stoop in the 800 block of North Maryland Avenue. When Officer James Herbert looked inside the home, he saw Damon Whealton, 18, quickly stuff a gun into the couch, police said at the time.
Two other guns were found inside the home, which Mujahid Blackwell claimed were his. Police did not release his name at the time, but a state report on a weapons crackdown identified him as Mujahid Blackwell.
His name also has not been officially released in Lindo’s killing, but his name and picture were on a law enforcement flier obtained by The Press of Atlantic City when he was a fugitive. It indicated he had been charged with murder in the killing. The teen turned himself in Oct. 4.
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