Maury HS prom king graduates amid controversy

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Maury High School student who was charged with 19 felonies in connection with a shooting graduated with honors Tuesday night.

Ricky Haley, who played football at Maury, was released from jail and voted prom king by the senior class. A school board member said the board would be reviewing policies in light of the incident.

The charges were related to a shooting May 14 around 6 p.m. when emergency communications received a 911 call for a gunshot victim in the 2400 block of Lafayette Boulevard. Karen Parker-Chesson with Norfolk Police said officers found a juvenile male victim with an injury that was not life-threatening. Paramedics transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment.

An investigation revealed the victim had been standing in the area with a juvenile male acquaintance when the suspects drove by in a 2004 Silver Buick Century along with a 3-year-old child. Witnesses told police the vehicle, driven by Haley, passed the block several times before one of the male juveniles inside displayed a gun and shot in the direction of a residence.

Parker-Chesson said Haley drove the vehicle away from the scene and an alert was released to officers with the description of the vehicle. Police stopped the group at Onley and Whitaker Lane, discovered weapons, and detained the suspects.

According to the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, Raetron Whittaker-Lee and a juvenile were also charged and remain incarcerated. Haley was charged with 19 felonies, including eight counts of use of a firearm, six counts of attempted malicious wounding, two counts of malicious wounding, one count of conspiracy, one count of gang participation, and one count of child endangerment.

Haley’s lawyer, Norfolk City Councilman Andrew Protogyrou, said he heard that Haley tried to stop the shooter. He said Haley was not a threat to the school community.

“He was not only judged not a threat to the school community, he was judged not a threat to the community as a whole because the court had to make such an understanding in its finding to release him on bail,” Protogyrou said.

According to a school board policy posted online, “Students are subject to corrective action for any misconduct that occurs … off school property, when the acts lead to a charge that would be a felony, if committed by an adult.”

Norfolk City Public Schools would not comment on this story.

Protogyrou said School Board Chairman Dr. Kirk T. Houston, Sr., who is Haley’s pastor, testified on his behalf at his bond hearing. He did not return messages to WAVY.com requesting comment.

A family member at Haley’s home said the student is an innocent child who just gave someone a ride. Haley is due back in court on June 30.

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