Man accused of killing ODU student Chris Cummings in 2011 will stay in jail


Cummings was the nephew of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man accused of killing Old Dominion University student Christopher Cummings, the nephew of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, will stay in jail ahead of his trial.

Rashad Dooley was in court Wednesday for a bond hearing after being arrested back in August. He’s one of four men facing murder charges in the death of Chris Cummings.

Cummings was shot and killed back in 2011 at his home in the 800 block of West 42nd Street. His roommate was also shot, but he survived.

The case was cold for years until work from Norfolk police cold case detectives and the U.S. Marshals Service led to the four arrests in August.

The other men charged in the case are Kwaume L. Edwards, Javon L. Doyle, Ahmad R. Watson. They’re all from Newport News and have also been denied bond.

In Dooley’s bond hearing Tuesday, the prosecution alleged the homicide was the result of a drug and money robbery gone bad.

“What they’re characterizing Mr. Dooley to be is the getaway driver. I don’t think they theorize that he ever entered the house, that he possessed a weapon, or tried to rob anybody,” said Dooley’s defense attorney, Eric Korslund.

The commonwealth’s attorney claims the victim, Cummings, was a small-time marijuana dealer and full-time ODU student at the time. and the suspects allegedly showed up at his home to steal weed and cash then ended up killing him.

The suspects are also accused of shooting his roommate, Jake Carey, five times. Carey survived the shooting.
The prosecutor said some of the suspects bragged to other inmates about their involvement in the homicide. Prosecutors said those inmates are working with investigators.

“It just defies common sense that somebody years later would be ‘bragging’ about it. Also, what I heard was a lot of this was not from Mr. Dooley. but a lot of this was from codefendants who are telling other inmates they were involved in this then they inject Mr. Dooley’s name into this. Most of the jailhouse confessions I heard were not even from my client,” said Korslund.

The prosecution also alleged Dooley was a certified member of the MFG Gang.

Dooley is expected in court again on Dec. 7, although no trial date has been set at this time.

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