Charlottesville police have made a second arrest in connection with the city's first murder of 2016.
They have now charged 21-year-old Markwin Taleek Howard with attempted aggravated malicious wounding and two firearm charges.
Police are not saying yet exactly how Howard is connected to the killing of Denzel Morton.
Officers found Morton shot early Sunday morning along Earhart Street, and he later died at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Authorities have already charged 23-year-old Isaiah Franklin with 1st-degree murder in this case. On Thursday afternoon, Franklin waived extradition and city police are working to bring him back to Virginia from New Jersey.
Press Release from Charlottesville Police Department:
Homicide Update 07/21/2016:
On 07/20/16, in connection with this incident, Charlottesville Police charged Markwin Taleek Howard, DOB 10/30/94 with: Attempted Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
Due to the nature of this ongoing investigation, no further information can be released at this time.
Homicide Update 07/20/2016:
On today’s date, Isaiah James Franklin was taken in to custody by the US Marshalls on our outstanding warrants. We are currently working on the extradition process to bring Franklin back to Virginia. Due to the on-going investigation this is all the information that we can release at this time.
Homicide Update 7/18/2016:
The Charlottesville Police Department has obtained warrants in connection with the homicide of Denzel O. Morton.
Isaiah James Franklin, a 23 year old black male is wanted for 1st Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
If you have any information about the homicide, or know the whereabouts of Franklin please call Det. Lee Gibson at 434-970-3280 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.
Homicide Update 07/17/2016:
The Charlottesville Police Department is currently investigating a homicide that occurred in the early morning hours of 07/17/2016. The victim has been identified as Denzel O. Morton a 23 year old City of Charlottesville resident.
Morton was found this morning in a parking lot located in the 400 block of Earhart Street with what appears to be a gunshot wound. Morton was transported to the University of Virginia hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
No further details will be released at this time as police are still early into the investigation. Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call Det. Lee Gibson at 434-970-3280 or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.
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