Cold Case Detective Charges Inmate With 2014 Murder


Wilmington Police have arrested and charged a 25-year-old man in connection with a 2014 homicide.

On August 31, 2014, at approximately 2 a.m., police were dispatched to 27th and Tatnall Streets in response to calls about a shooting incident. Upon arrival, officers located 33-year-old Howard Watkins suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to the hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Detective Joe Miller of the Criminal Investigations Division was assigned to the case. Through his investigation, 25-year-old Shaquille Briscoe was identified as a suspect, according to police.

Officials said the efforts of Detective Miller, along with members of the WPD Cold Case Unit – including Cold Case Investigator Robert Partlow and ATF Special Agent Ronnie Hnat – have resulted in an indictment against Briscoe on the following charges:

Murder (First Degree)
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Two Counts)
Reckless Endangering (First Degree)
Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited

Briscoe, who is currently incarcerated and serving time for attempted murder in connection with a 2017 incident, was arraigned in New Castle County Superior Court and given $1,116,000 cash-only bail. He remains committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution.

Detective Joe Miller can be reached at (302) 576-3639.

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