Prosecutor: Teen Used Gun To Control Crowd During Murder On WFU Campus

Prosecutor: Teen Used Gun To Control Crowd During Murder On WFU Campus

4:16pm Jan 26, 2018
16-year-old Malik Patience Smith (L) and 21-year-old Jakier Shanique Austin (R).(Courtesy: WSPD/Wake Forest University)

New information about the murder of Najee Ali Baker at Wake Forest University has come to light.  

16-year-old Malik Patience Smith is charged in connection with the shooting death of the Winston-Salem State University student. In a bond hearing Friday, it was revealed that witnesses say Smith used a gun to control the crowd outside of the party while another man shot and killed 21-year-old Baker.

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, District Attorney Jim O’Neill asked for bond to be set at $5 million.

O’Neill characterized Smith as a “menace to society,” citing charges from two previous arrests, which include felony possession of heroin and multiple gun possession charges.

Judge David Sipprell ultimately set the bond at $100,000.

A murder warrant was issued Wednesday for 21-year-old Jakier Shanique Austin, a former student at WSSU. As of Friday afternoon, Austin had not yet been apprehended.

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