Bolstering The Deliveryman's Case in the Prince George's Shooting
The surviving deliveryman in the Prince George's County shooting case involving a top county police and homeland security official has now come forward with a damning account of the incident. With the death of the other Marlo's Furniture deliveryman who was shot by the county's #2 homeland security official, Keith Washington, in the January incident in Accokeek, Robert White can only tell the story as he experienced it.
But the two deliverymen were in regular contact with their dispatcher throughout the confrontation with Washington, and a source with direct knowledge of those contacts tells me that White's account of the day fits well with what the folks back at Marlo's headquarters knew of the unfolding events.
The furniture store's management has declined to respond to questions from reporters about the shooting, but the source, who refused to be named because Marlo's has threatened to fire anyone who speaks to the press about the case, says that Marlo's intends to support its deliverymen fully in this matter and that the store's managers believe Washington shot the deliverymen in cold blood. Washington has consistently failed to respond to requests for comment on the case.
The source says the delivery was starcrossed from the start: When White and Brandon Clark arrived at Washington's house to deliver new bedrails--the original delivery of a bedroom set, on the Sunday prior to the shooting incident, had apparently included scratched bedrails--no one answered the door. The deliverymen called in to report this and the store called the house, also finding no one at home. The Marlo's men went about their routine for the rest of the day and returned to the store to find that Washington's wife had come to the store and "thrown a fit. She yelled and was verbally abusive and claimed she had been home all day," the source said. To calm the customer, the store asked the deliverymen to go back out to the house even though their shift was complete for the day.
At the house, the Marlo's men found Corporal Washington, who, according to the source, was also angry and abusive. Washington found the new goods to be unsatisfactory and claimed that in addition to the originally reported damaged goods, there was also a headboard that had been scratched. Washington wanted the men to take the headboard back, but the dispatcher instructed the deliverymen not to take the headboard because it had not been reported as damaged in Washington's original complaint. The dispatcher instructed the delivery guys to leave the new item with the customer and get out of the house, allowing Washington to sort out his complaints at the store.
After that conversation with the dispatcher, the source said, the argument at the house became more heated, and the deliverymen called Marlo's again to say that Washington was very agitated and insisting that the men take the headboard with them. The dispatcher instructed the men to leave the headboard and get out of the house.
Obviously, there will be more than one version of this story when investigators make their work public or when Washington testifies in any proceedings. But there does appear to be some corroboration from Marlo's of the account provided in White's statement earlier this week.
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