May 16, 2014
UPDATED 6:20 PM
Charges have been filed in connection to the murder of Waynesboro Police Reservist Captain Kevin Wayne Quick.
Nine defendants appeared in federal court Friday, May 16, to be charged with varying levels of crimes. Those charged are Daniel Lamont Mathis, Shantai Monique Shelton, Mersadies Lachelle Shelton, Travis Leon Bell, Anthony Leon White, Gert Arthur Lee Wright III, Anthony Darnell Stokes, Devante O’Brian Bell and Leslie Hope Casterlow.
Siblings Mathis, Shantai and Mersadies Shelton, and Travis Bell are facing charges in the kidnapping and murder of Quick. All four are facing the death penalty.
Travis Bell, the Sheldon siblings, Anthony White and Devante Bell are charged with conducting several armed robberies of both commercial businesses and individuals in Louisa, Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Fluvanna County and Gordonsville. It is alleged that this series of robberies were conducted using firearms and were conducted to financially benefit the collective group.
Anthony Stokes, Gert Wright and Leslie Casterlow are charged with obstructing justice by assisting other members of the conspiracy destroy evidence and elude apprehension following the kidnapping and murder of Kevin Quick.
According to the indictment, those charged today are either members or associates of the “99 Goonz Syndikate” set of the Bloods criminal street gang. The indictment alleges that members of this gang participated in a pattern of racketeering from December 2012 to April 2014 that included violent armed robberies, the kidnapping and murder of Kevin Quick, the sale of narcotics and the obstruction of justice after that incident.
Prosecutors believe Quick was murdered in order to cover up a carjacking being committed by gang members.
The 45-year-old Quick was reported missing Feb. 1. His body was found several days later in Goochland County west of Richmond.