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Maryland man accused in shooting, killing pro boxer on Christmas Eve

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Source: Prince George County police'; MEGA

Jan. 16 2022, Published 11:14 a.m. ET

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A Maryland man helped gun down professional boxer Danny Kelly Jr. on Christmas Eve, authorities said.

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Prince George's County Police charged 25-year-old Markell Lewis of Clinton with shooting Kelly, 30, during a road rage incident in Temple Hills, Maryland, around 4:40 p.m. Kelly, his girlfriend and his three children were headed to a family holiday gathering. The other people were not harmed.

Lewis’ vehicle, a dark blue GMC Envoy, pulled up next to Kelly’s pickup truck at a red light and an occupant opened fire.

Officers arrested Lewis on a felon in possession of a gun charge on Dec. 27. The gun recovered during that arrest was reportedly linked to the murder of Kelly. Lewis was rearrested this week at his home in Clinton, Maryland.

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Lewis is facing a total of 36 charges, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder and multiple counts of attempted murder.


Police said Lewis confessed to the shooting, according to a statement from the Prince George’s County Police Department.

Local authorities offered a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case, while the ATF Baltimore Field Division offered an additional $5,000 reward.

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“Since this tragic shooting, investigators have not stopped in their efforts to find Mr. Kelly’s killer. We are determined to make an arrest and hold the suspect(s) accountable. We urge anyone in the community who recognizes this SUV, or may have information, to please come forward,” Major David Blazer of the Major Crimes Division said in a statement.

“Our detectives were resolute in their determination to find Mr. Kelly’s killer who had no regard for anyone’s life when he opened fire on Christmas Eve. We hope this arrest offers his devastated family a bit of comfort as they continue to mourn this loss.”

Lewis is in the custody of the Department of Corrections and is being held without bond.


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