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Chestertown man indicted for murder in Delaware shooting

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NEW CASTLE, Del. — A grand jury last week indicted a Chestertown man on charges that include first-degree murder. He was identified as Ervin Christy Jr., 35, according to a news release from the New Castle County Police Department.

The grand jury returned its indictment Feb. 3, also charging Christy with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, attempted robbery and second-degree conspiracy.

New Castle County detectives, assisted by the Philadelphia Police Department and federal agents, apprehended Christy in Philadelphia on Feb. 6.

He initially was held without bail pending his extradition to Delaware, according to the news release.

Christy is accused of participating in a New Year’s Eve shooting at the Ashton Condominiums in the Wilton neighborhood.

Police were dispatched at about 6:50 p.m. When they arrived, they discovered a man in a parked car who appeared to have been shot multiple times, according to the news release.

Police identified the man as 37-year-old Cornelius Wright.

Wright was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation led by detectives of the New Castle County Criminal Investigation Unit’s homicide squad led them to Ervin as a suspect.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective David DiNardo at 302-395-8110 or by e-mail at, or the New Castle County Division of Police at 302-573-2800 or via messenger on Facebook.

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