(May 24, 2019) A 17-year-old was killed in Berlin on Wednesday and a 16-year-old is in custody and being charged with murder.

Dehaven Nichols, 17, of Berlin was pronounced deceased by EMS personnel where he was discovered in a wooded area behind an apartment complex in Berlin. His body has been transported to the office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

The accused was identified as Vershawn Hudson-Crawford, 16, of Berlin. After consultation with the Worcester County State’s Attorney, Hudson-Crawford was charged as an adult with first- and second-degree murder, along with other charges. He is currently awaiting an appearance before a court commissioner in Worcester County.

Around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Vershawn Hudson-Crawford, along with his mother and grandmother, went to the Berlin Police Department, where the mother informed police that her son, Vershawn, had been involved in a fight. During the conversation, police learned of the victim’s location and were dispatched to the area where they found Nichols, who was unresponsive.

The preliminary investigation indicates the two teenage boys were involved in an altercation behind an apartment complex off of Route 113 in Berlin. A motive has not yet been determined.

The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was asked to take the lead on this investigation. The Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Lower Shore, is providing additional assistance, along with troopers from the Berlin Barrack, the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation, and detectives, officers and deputies from the Berlin Police Department and Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.  State police crime scene technicians processed the scene.

Investigators have been interviewing witnesses and residents in the area. Crime scene evidence was taken to the State Police Forensic Sciences Division crime laboratory for analysis.

Anyone with information about the apparent murder is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the Berlin Barrack at 410-641-3101. Callers may remain anonymous.

CORRECTION: This article was updated to reflect that Nichols was not shot and killed.

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