PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth police detectives have arrested three out of the five suspects in the murder of a Portsmouth teen back in May.
On Thursday, detectives announced the arrest of RayKwuan A. Short, Jalon M. Trotter and Samking N. Beale.
Short, Trotter and Beale, along with Roderick C. Britt and Andre T. Keel are accused of the shooting death of 17 year-old Jayzavia T. Hill of Portsmouth. Hill was found shot to death in the 1900 block of Deep Creek Boulevard on May 9. A 19-year-old male and an 18-year-old male were also found suffering from a gunshot wound in different locations. Both survived the shooting.
Short and Trotter spoke with WAVY.com from Portsmouth City Jail on Thursday night.
Short admitted to being at the scene during the shooting. Although, he said no one he was with shot Hill.
“I was there,” said Short from jail. “But, I wasn’t in the car that it happened in.”
Short and Trotter both went to several high schools in Portsmouth while they were still in school. But, Short explained most people involved in the shooting knew each other because they all went to Woodrow Wilson High School at some point.
Short admits he and Hill had an argument on Twitter a few days before he was killed.
“We had a little argument back and forth on Twitter some days before that,” said Short. “Words were exchanged. I think that’s why everybody thinks I shot him because we had an argument some days before that.”
Short said the incident where Hill died started as a shootout between three cars on Deep Creek Boulevard. Short said one car was parked on Deep Creek Boulevard. The 18-year-old said he was driving one of the cars. He said the shots were fired and his friend sitting in his passenger seat, another 18-year-old, was struck with a bullet but survived. Short said he did not see Hill that night. However, he saw the man Hill was said to be with that night in the parked car on Deep Creek.
In WAVY.com’s interview with Short, he apologized to the Hill family. He said he knew Britt and Keel, but did not know where they are.
Short also hoped other teens would look at the situation and think twice before picking up a gun.
“The case is real. Put down the guns, man. You all could be in the same predicament I’m in right now facing life.”
Trotter also spoke with WAVY.com from jail. Trotter was adamant he was not involved in the shooting and said police have the wrong person in jail.
“I did not kill this man,” said Trotter. “I have nothing to do with his death. And I understand that his family want justice or whatever. But, I honestly can say they have the wrong person. I am not the one that killed him.”
Trotter said he was with his girlfriend at the time the night of the shooting. When asked why people would believe he was involved in the shooting, he said he and Hill had problems in the past.
“I guess past problems that we had in the past, like school wise,” said Trotter.
Trotter said a photo of him was circulated on social media saying he was involved in the shooting, too.
All five suspects were indicted for first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and felonious assault.
Britt and Keel remain at large.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the two are asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP ℠. Callers are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court. If a caller’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.