The malicious wounding case against an 18-year-old Centreville man is heading for the grand jury. Fairfax County police arrested Derrick Randall Taylor in February in connection with the shooting of an acquaintance. They believe that Taylor, of 13504 Antonia Ford Court in the Singleton's Grove community, and an accomplice were both involved in the crime.
Police say Taylor and the accomplice went to the home of the acquaintance, 20, of Centreville, on Monday, Feb. 11, and the victim invited them into the basement through a sliding-glass door. At that time, say police, the man accompanying Taylor shot the victim in the upper torso.
Taylor and the man both fled, and the victim went upstairs where his family called police. The victim was treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital for a non-life-threatening injury. Police arrested Taylor at his home, and he was held at the Adult Detention Center. He was released Feb. 20 on $15,000 bond.
He appeared last Wednesday, April 3, in General District Court. At that time, Judge Donald McDonough certified the case against him to the grand jury. Meanwhile, police at first didn't know the identity of the other man.
But investigation led them to arrest Antoine D. Benson, 21, on Feb. 27. Benson, of 2414 Hamlin Place N.E., in Washington, D.C., is also charged with malicious wounding. He's being held without bond and has an April 17 court date.
<tgl> — BONNIE HOBBS