Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Two Brothers Indicted on Murder for the 2013 Shooting Death of Atlantic City Man

MAYS LANDING – Two brothers from Atlantic City were indicted for murder this month in connection with the 2013 shooting death of an Atlantic City man, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
On Feb. 10, 2013, at 7:28 p.m., Atlantic City Police responded to a report of a man shot in front of an Atlantic city restaurant on the 1300 block of Adriatic Avenue, Atlantic City.
Upon arrival, police found Tyquinn James, 25, of Atlantic City, dead of gunshot wounds.

An investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Atlantic City Police Department, the Safe Streets Federal Task Force, and the Egg Harbor Township Police Department, led to the arrests for murder the next day at the Shore Mall in Egg Harbor Township of two brothers:
  1. Malik Derry, then 21, of Anchorage Court, Atlantic City, and
  2. Mykal Derry, 32, of the 1000 block of Brigantine Boulevard, Atlantic City. 
  • On June 18, 2014, both men were indicted by an Atlantic County Grand Jury on (5) criminal counts related to the murder: 
  • * Murder, a 1st degree crime, 
  • * Conspiracy to commit murder, a 1st degree crime, 
  • * Possession of a firearm for unlawful purposes, a 2nd degree crime, 
  • * Unlawful possession of a handgun, a 2nd degree crime, and 
  • *Possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, a 2nd degree crime. 

  • Malik Derry, Mykal Derry, and Kimberly Spellman, 32, of the 700 block of Green Street, Atlantic City—who was arrested with the Derry brothers on Feb. 11, 2013—were indicted on (5) additional criminal counts for possession of illegal drugs and a handgun on the day of the arrest: 
  • * Possession of heroin, a 3rd degree crime, 

  • * Possession of heroin with intent to distribute, a 2nd degree crime, 
  • * Possession of heroin with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of school property,
    a 3rd degree crime, 
  • * Conspiracy to distribute heroin, a 2nd degree crime, 
  • * Possession of a weapon while in the course of conspiring to distribute heroin, a
    2nd degree crime, and Spellman was also indicted for tampering with evidence, a 4th degree crime Malik Derry and Mykal Derry are detained in Federal prison without bail. Spellman was released on a summons complaint, pending court. 
  • A crime of the 1st degree carries a potential penalty of incarceration in New Jersey State prison of 30 years to life. A 2nd degree crime carries a potential term of 5-10 years of imprisonment, a 3rd degree 3-5 years, a 4th degree crime a term not to exceed 18 months. Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Maher represented the State in the matter. 
  • The indictment is merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, an indicted defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 
  • Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County. 


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