Crime & Courts

19-year-old extradited from Maryland, charged in Eric Washington slaying

Jerimiah Pough
Jerimiah Pough Columbia Police Department

A second suspect has been charged in the March shooting death of C.A Johnson student, Eric Washington.

Jerimah Pough, 19, was arrested March 27 during a traffic stop on I-95 in Baltimore, Maryland. A US marshal and Columbia police investigator brought him back to Columbia Wednesday night to face charges in the Washington slaying, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said in a news release.

According to police investigators, Pough and Jahmir Taylor, 19, got into a dispute with Washington during an afternoon basketball game on Sunday, March 15. When the three men met to settle the dispute at T.S Martin Park later that night, Pough and Taylor allegedly fired several shots at Washington, fatally striking him in the head.

Washington was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, Richland County coroner Gary Watts said.

Washington was a senior at C.A Johnson High School and a member of the National Guard., his mother, Pamela Dinkins, said. He was scheduled to begin basic training in July after his May graduation from high school.

Taylor turned himself in to police three days after the shooting, Holbrook said.. Taylor and Pough have been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Pough and Taylor were being held at the Alvin S. Glen Detention Center Wednesday night.

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