Released On Unsecured Bond, Man Quietly Rearrested In Newark Fatal Shooting

The man released on unsecured bond in a fatal shooting that occurred in Newark earlier this month is behind bars.

The arrest was not reported to the public, however, it was reported to the Newark city manager in an administrative report.

On June 9, 2021 detectives arrested Desmond Elliott as part of a shooting investigation that occurred on Ethan Allen Court on June 8, 2021.

Elliott was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (2 counts) and Receiving a Stolen Firearm. He was initially released on $43,000 unsecured bail, however, on June 10, 2021 a motion to increase bail hearing was requested by the Delaware Attorney General’s Office and Elliott’s bail was increased to $300,000 cash bail.

Elliott was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Department of Corrections.

Court records show that Elliott remains in custody at Gander Hill Prison.

Original Story

On June 9, 2021 detectives arrested Desmond Elliott as part of a shooting investigation that occurred on Ethan Allen Court on June 8, 2021.

Elliott was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (2 counts) and Receiving a Stolen Firearm. He was initially released on
$43,000 unsecured bail, however, on June 10, 2021 a motion to increase bail hearing was requested by the Delaware Attorney General’s Office and Elliott’s bail was increased to
$300,000 cash bail.

Elliott was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Department of Corrections.

Just before 1:00 Tuesday morning Newark Police were dispatched to a residence in the unit block of Ethan Allen Court for a report of a disturbance. While officers were en route, a second call was received reporting a shooting at the same residence.

Upon arrival, officers located James Harland, 35, in the residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A second man, Desmond Elliott, 26, was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound to the wrist. Officers rendered medical aid to Elliott before he was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injury. He is in stable condition, according to police.

Officials said during the course of their investigation, detectives determined that the shooting resulted from an altercation between roommates. During the altercation, Elliott introduced a handgun and shot Harland multiple times officials said Wednesday. Elliott was admitted to the hospital for his injuries.

Elliott was charged today by Newark Police with the following offenses:

Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (2 counts)
Receiving a Stolen Firearm
Elliott appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video from his hospital bed. He was released on $43,000 unsecured bail.

This case remains under investigation by Newark Police detectives.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. A. Whitt at (302) 366-7100 x. 3483 or awhitt@newark.de.us.

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