MURDER USA: Cops say Tre Branch and Pierre Queen whacked Whack
CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD. – Prince Georges Police report that Homicide Unit detectives identified and arrested two suspects for slaying Joseph Whack, 32, on Feb. 4, 2018.
The suspects are 25-year-old Tre Branch of 4703 Omaha Street in Capitol Heights, Md., and 26-year-old Pierre Queen of 925 48th Street in Northeast DC. They’re charged with the fatal stabbing of 32-year-old Joseph Dewayne Whack of Seat Pleasant and the streets.
Police say that on February 4th, at approximately 11:20 pm, patrol officers were called to the 1300 block of Glacier Avenue to check on the welfare of a man in the roadway. When they arrived, they located the victim suffering from stab wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Police say that during the course of the investigation, detectives developed Branch and Queen as suspects. The preliminary investigation reveals the suspects stabbed the victim during a dispute. The suspects and victim were acquaintances. The suspects are both charged with first and second-degree murder and related charges. They are in the custody of the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status.
Branch has a free attorney provided for him by the taxpayers of Maryland.
Whack was charged with assault, disorderly conduct, and trespassing on April 15, 2017, but, court records show he never appeared for trial and a warrant was issued on Nov. 1, 2017. They mail the warrant to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Whack was convicted of vehicle theft on Nov. 4, 2015, and given probation after his sentence was suspended to the 118 days he had already served.
Branch was charged on Oct. 2, 2012, with interstate kidnapping and assault in Prince Georges County Circuit Court in 2014 and in a plea deal with PG County States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, he entered a guilty plea to assault and the kidnapping charges were dropped.
On July 18, 2014, Prince Georges Circuit Judge Pearson ordered Branch sent to prison for seven years but the Maryland Alice In Wonderland Rules kicked in and the White Rabbit leaned on the Judge who then suspended all but 27 days and ordered him to stay away from the victim, Shanie Tyler.