MURDER RAP ADDED TO CRIME CAREER OF JAYDEN CRAIG – 48 hours in jail for a gun conviction didn’t do the trick to turn him from a life of crime, and now he faces life for the murder of Amonte Martez Green & Xavien Carroll

Detectives Identify and Arrest Suspect in Triple Shooting / Double Murder Case on Shelton Court:

LA PLATA, MD. – Three young men were hanging out in all the wrong places and surely failed to admonish their mothers’ warnings to not hang around the wrong people. Two of the three won’t have to worry about whom they hang with any longer as they were shot dead on February 13, 2023. The third was wounded, and the alleged perpetrator is now sitting in the slammer awaiting trial.

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Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry in front of Sheriff’s Headquarters. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry reports that on February 14, 2023, detectives assigned to the Agency’s Criminal Investigations Division arrested Jayden Kevin Craig, 19 (DOB 07/29/2003), of 8325 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret, Maryland, in connection with the triple shooting on Shelton Court, which left two men dead and another man injured. Police identified Craig as the suspect through their investigation, and Detective A. Worley obtained an arrest warrant. Craig was arrested without incident in Pomfret, MD.

Craig is charged with the murders of Xavien Bert Carroll, 19, of Nanjemoy, and Amonte Martez Green, 23, of Waldorf, and injuring a third male, age 23. The shooting occurred on February 13, 2023, on Shelton Court in Indian Head. After the shooting, the men who had been shot fled in a vehicle. They were located in the area of Route 210 and Laurel Drive, where one of the men was pronounced deceased on the scene, and the other two were transported to area hospitals. The second man died a short time later at the hospital. The third man remains in serious condition.

Craig was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and other related charges. He is being held without bond at the Charles County Jail after a bond review conducted by Judge Patrick Devine. Craig will appear for a preliminary hearing before Charles County District Court Judge Kenneth A. Talley on March 15, 2023.

 The noted criminal defense attorney and mouthpiece for many local drug dealers, Hammad S. Matin, represented Craig in the recent plea deal in December with Charles County States Attorney Anthony Covington.

Craig is currently on probation for an unrelated firearms charge in June 2022, when he was arrested by Charles County Sheriff’s Department Officer Ronald Walls.  On December 13, 2022, a judge sentenced Craig to serve 48 hours for the firearms violation.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Worley at 301-609-6518. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app.

Green and multiple codefendants entered a guilty plea on May 1, 2018, to conspiracy to commit armed robbery, felony first-degree assault, and robbery in Charles County Circuit Court. As a result of the plea deal with Charles County States Attorney Anthony Covington, Green was sentenced to fifteen years in prison with all but eighteen months suspended, which allowed Green to serve his time in the local jail in Charles County.

Charles County States Attorney Anthony Covington.

Green entered a guilty plea to DWI on November 10, 2022, and got a wing dinger of a deal from States Attorney Covington with his entire jail term of thirty days in the slammer suspended.  His death will abate Amonte Green’s eighteen months of probation.

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