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Clifton Murder Case Will Go Forward

The murder case against the Clifton man accused of killing the father of his sister's children is moving forward in the legal system. It was sent last week to the grand jury.

The tragedy occurred May 15 in the normally quiet community of Clifton Hunt. Charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony was David Marsden Logan, 35, of Clifton Hunt Drive.

FAIRFAX COUNTY police are calling it both a "domestic-related dispute" and a homicide. The victim, Derrick Nathaniel Meade, 25, lived at the same address as Logan and Logan's sister.

In a May 16 affidavit for a search warrant to look in Logan's car for the gun that killed Meade, police Det. Christopher Flanagan presented details of the incident. He wrote that on Sunday, May 15, around 6:23 p.m., police received a report of a person shot at the home of Percy Logan on Clifton Hunt Drive, outside the Town of Clifton.

Responding officers came upon a woman waving her arms at the bottom of the driveway to the home. They also found a man — identified as Meade — lying face up on the driveway and bleeding.

Then, wrote the detective, "The witness [allegedly] told the officers the injured person [Meade] was shot by her brother, David M. Logan, who lived at the house. It was later learned that [Meade] was the father to the witness' children and also a resident of the same house."

Flanagan noted that the victim had a gunshot wound to the back and died of his injuries before he could be transported to a hospital. Police said Meade was arguing with a female resident in the driveway when the suspect approached and allegedly shot him. According to the detective, "Preliminary investigation revealed that Logan had in his possession a silver-colored handgun when he [reportedly] shot at [Meade]."

Flanagan wrote that Logan fled the scene in a 1987 Lincoln. And within 90 minutes of the tragedy, police found him inside that car in the parking lot of the Centreville Multiplex Cinemas and arrested him. The next day, police executed the search warrant for his car and seized a silver, Llama .9 mm semi-automatic gun.

Last Wednesday, in General District Court, Logan waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the two charges. Judge Mark Simmons then certified both charges to the next grand jury for possible indictment.