Brother of 12-year-old Lynchburg girl, who was fatally shot, to be tried as an adult

(WSLS 10)

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Marquel Solomon, the 16-year-old brother of a 12-year-old Lynchburg girl, who was shot and killed in her home last year, will officially be tried as an adult, according to Bethany Harrison, the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg.

According to court records, his jury trial date is set for Aug. 22, 2024, at 9 a.m.

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This is in relation to a shooting that occurred on Feb. 24, 2023, in the 1400 block of Monroe Street. Authorities said the young girl, Malayshia Solomon, died from a non-self-inflicted gunshot to the abdomen.

In March 2024, a grand jury indicted the girl’s mother and brother in connection with the shooting. Malaysia’s mother, Karita Winston, was charged with three felonies, which include child endangerment and child abuse or neglect causing serious injury and disregard for human life. Her 16-year-old brother was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Winston is due in court for her jury trial on Dec. 3, 2024 at 9 a.m.

[RELATED: Lynchburg Police share insight into year-long investigation into shooting death of 12-year-old girl]

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