Prosecutor: Botched drug deal leads to home burglary, high-speed chase

Posted at 3:06 PM, Jun 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-19 15:25:30-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- More details were revealed today in court surrounding four suspects arrested after a high-speed chase in March. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Michelle Marken said the 'convoluted' case started as a drug deal, turned into a home break-in, before ending with a cross-county police pursuit.

Jerald Liggins, Jr., 26, Aaron Brockington Jr., 23 and Trevor Montague Jr., 20, appeared in court earlier this morning. Separate judges denied Liggins and Brockington bond. Montague is already free on bond. Jasmine Fisher--the final suspect--was not in court.

The case dates back to March. Marken told the court Liggins and Brockington, both convicted felons, were released from jail shortly before the crime they are accused of committing took place. Marken said the pair, along with the other two suspects went to a home in Henrico to carry out a drug deal. Instead the defendants are accused of burglarizing the home; taking everything from a television, to a gaming system and jewelry. Soon after the burglary Marken said the cops spotted their vehicle and a chase got underway. The pursuit stretched about 10 miles from Henrico to Richmond. Sources have said the suspects were speeding upwards of 110 mph.

Also happening today, the prosecution entered a null process for the firearms charge Brockington and Liggins were facing. That means at this time the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney will not proceed with the gun charge. Marken said the reason the charge was being thrown out was due to a mixture of DNA being found on the confiscated gun.

The suspects are set to appear back in court over the next few months.