Suspect may have urged victim to recant

Published 10:40 pm Thursday, October 30, 2008

An inmate, in jail awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge, tried to get the victim to sign a document saying that he had misidentified the gunman who shot him.

A Suffolk Circuit Court jury on Thursday heard recordings of telephone conversations in which Anthony Boone was purported to have asked several people to have Wilkins sign the paper.

Boone is on trial for allegedly stabbing and shooting 24-year-old Darryl Wilkins in May 2007.

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Boone was arrested in September 2007 and charged with seven felonies: attempted murder, use of a firearm in an attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, use of firearm, maliciously discharging of a firearm in an occupied building, burglary and aggravated malicious wounding. His trial will continue today.

Boone is accused of breaking into a North 4th Street house in May 2007 and going into Wilkins’ bedroom with an AK-47 rifle and knife. Prosecutors said Boone believed that Wilkins had stolen something from him, and he was trying to get it back when he entered the home.

According to prosecutor Bob Sandwich, Wilkins jumped out of a closed window in an effort to get away from Boone.

Wilkins was stabbed in the hand and shot four times, Sandwich said. He spent more than a month in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital recovering from injuries, which have left him permanently disabled, Sandwich said.

In the days following the assault, Wilkins told police that his attacker was a masked man, Sandwich said.

It wasn’t until late September 2007 that Wilkins called police and identified Boone as the gunman. Police arrested Boone a couple of days later, as he was driving to work.

Wilkins, the first witness to take the stand, told the jury that he had originally concealed his attacker’s identity because he feared revenge.

“I thought he was going to kill me,” said Wilkins. “I was scared … and I didn’t want him coming back. Everywhere I went, people told me he was looking for me.”

After getting out of the hospital, Wilkins said he moved from house to house, keeping on the run so that Boone could not find him.

“This case is about revenge,” Sandwich said. “This is what happens when people take the law into their own hands.”