The teenager accused of fatally shooting a Friendly High School student at a party in Fort Washington over the weekend had a warrant out for his arrest that went unserved in the week before the killing, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the case.
Akil Ings, 17, failed to show up at a mandatory meeting with his juvenile probation officer on Jan. 8; the officer sought a warrant to bring him in the next day, said two officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because juvenile records are sealed and Ings is a suspect in an ongoing homicide investigation.
A judge signed that warrant on Jan. 14, the officials said.
Ings is now charged as an adult with first-degree murder in what police have called a gang-related slaying late Saturday night into early Sunday morning — nearly a week after the warrant was issued. Police said Ings, a member of the local gang Baby Haiti, fatally shot 16-year-old Marcus Jones, a member of the rival Danger Boys gang, after a dispute at a house party.