Attorney General Beau Biden announced Thursday that his office has secured murder indictments for two Wilmington shooting deaths that occurred last year.
Biden's office secured an indictment charging Joshua Stephenson, 27, of Wilmington, on the charges of one count each of murder in the first degree, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, assault in the third degree, and endangering the welfare of a child.
Investigators say Stephenson was visiting a relative in the home he shared with Myron Ashley, 29, of Wilmington, and their young son on Christmas Eve. While the relative and her son were upstairs in the home, Stephenson shot Ashley for an unknown reason in the first floor living room. When the relative rushed downstairs and confronted Stephenson about the shooting, he struck her as he fled from the home.
The second indictment charged Max Turner, 24, of Wilmington, on second degree murder, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count each of assault in the second degree, reckless endangering in the first degree and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.
Investigators say on July 24 Turner was part of a small group of men who, near the corner of 9th and Jackson Streets, fired multiple gunshots down 9th Street at unknown targets. They say shots struck two innocent victims who were working on a car parked along 9th Street approximately one in a half blocks from the shooters. Winfield Archie died from his wounds; the victims were not the intended targets of the shooters.