Suspect in Derrick Ragland Murder Tried to Buy Gun From Ragland Days Before, Detectives Say

Detectives say the man they believe shot and killed Derrick Ragland in Northeast DC last December had tried to buy a gun from Ragland just days before.

Raymond Faunteroy, also known as Raymond Powers and Ray, was presented with a charge of premeditated first-degree murder while armed at DC Superior Court today. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for the case April 4.

According to charging documents, detectives believe that Faunteroy tried to buy a gun from Ragland on Dec. 16, 2011, but that Ragland and two other people instead robbed Faunteroy. The charging documents state that police did in fact respond to a robbery on Dec. 16 and found Faunteroy, who said his name was Raymond Powers, suffering from a bullet graze wound to his hand.

Three days later, Ragland was chased down a street in Northeast DC and shot at multiple times. He died of his injuries.

A witness in the case told police that after Ragland was killed, someone they knew as “Ray” had said that he had shot and killed someone in the area of Turkey Thicket. That person said “Ray” said the person he killed had set him up to get robbed in a drug deal two weeks earlier.

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