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Two to appear before court charged with murder of Hawksley teen

Solihull Editorial 14th Oct, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

TWO MEN are set to appear before court accused of murdering Hawksley teenager Connor Smith.

Hairdresser Marcus Jones, 27, of Gildas Avenue, Kings Norton, has been charged with murder and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear.

Unemployed Phillip Baillie, 28, of Fordway Gardens, Hawksley, has also been accused of murder, two counts of possession of a firearm, robbery and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear.

Both will appear before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Thursday).

Connor, aged 19, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the abdomen following an attack in Forde Way Gardens, Hawkesley, last Thursday night (October 8).

Despite the latest developments detectives are continuing to investigate the killing.

Det Insp Warren Hines said the police were continuing to appeal for any witnesses or anyone who knew about what happened,

“My thoughts today remain Connor’s friends and family and I would to thank those who have done the right thing and come forward,” he added.

A 27-year-old man, of no fixed address, who was arrested in Church Lane, Coventry, remains in police custody.

And, a 41-year-old man, from the Stoke area of Coventry, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been released on police bail pending further enquiries along with two women, one aged 22 and the other 26, from Chelmsley Wood. The women were arrested suspected of the same offence.

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.