By: David M. Higgins II, Publisher

UPDATE 5/1/2020 from the Charles COunty Sheriff’s Office

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division have arrested two people in connection with a murder that occurred on Aldermans Place two weeks ago. The details of the case are as follows:

On April 20 at approximately 2:10 p.m., officers responded to the 2000 block of Aldermans Place in Waldorf, for the report of a shooting. Officers arrived and located the victim, Trevon Smiley, 26, of Waldorf, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Smiley was pronounced deceased while being transported to the hospital.

During the investigation, detectives identified Avante Kenneth Tazewell, 18, of Accokeek as the person who shot Smiley and obtained an arrest warrant. Detectives also identified Courtney Ann Smith, 18, of Waldorf as the person who drove Tazewell away from the scene. Smith continued to aid Tazewell since the murder.

On April 29, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Task Force, Smith was located in Waldorf. She was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact relating to the first-degree murder. On April 30, Tazewell turned himself in at District III / Waldorf Station and was charged with first-degree murder and other related charges. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective J. Riffle at (301) 609-6501.

Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS.

Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.


Waldorf, MD- Just after 2 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020, Charles County police responded to the 2000 block of Aldermans Place in Waldorf, MD for reports of shots fired with a victim.

When police arrived they discovered Trevon Marquise Smiley, 26, of Waldorf, MD suffering from multiple gunshots.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Smiley was standing outside of his apartment when he was approached by at least one suspect and shot multiple times.

On the scanner during the incident, you can hear police state they are looking for five individuals that could be associated with the shooting. The first was a black male with a tan-striped hoodie and khaki’s, the second a black male with a gray sweatshirt. Two more young black males and a black female were also believed to have been at the scene. It is not known if any are the suspects, but are possibly being sought for more information.

Smiley was transported to a hospital where he died a long the way from the injuries. Detectives are pursuing leads and working to establish a motive.

Additional details are not available at this time; however, the shooting does not appear to be random. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective J. Riffle at (301) 609-6501.

Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

The investigation is ongoing.


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...