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Police Make Second Arrest in Murder of 19-Year-Old Lexington Park Man

On Saturday, January 22, 2022, Keion Steven James Brooks, 23, of Great Mills, was arrested by Detective Austin Schultz from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s and charged with the murder of Joseph James Oakes, age 19 of Lexington Park. Brooks was charged with the following: MURDER – FIRST DEGREE MURDER-SECOND DEGREE ATT 1ST DEG. MURDER (5 Counts) ATT 2ND DEG. MURDER (5 Counts) ASSAULT-FIRST DEGREE (5 Counts) ASSAULT-SEC DEGREE (5 Counts) HANDGUN IN VEHICLE LOADED HANDGUN IN VEHICLE HANDGUN ON PERSON LOADED HANDGUN ON PERSON FIREARM USE/FEL-VIOL CRIME RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT FROM CAR (5 Counts) Latres Javontae Cockerham, age 23 of Lexington Park, was arrested on Friday, January 14, 2022, and also charged with the murder of Joseph James Oakes, age 19 of Lexington Park. Oakes died from a gunshot wound to his upper body. A second victim sustained a gunshot wound to his right arm, and a third victim sustained an injury to his right leg from what appears to be a (bullet) grazing his leg. Investigation revealed the shooting occurred on Pegg Road in the area of Ronald Drive, where officers recovered seven spent 9mm shell casings. _____________ On June 6, 2021, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s […]

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