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Suspected ‘Bloods’ gang member heard at Henrico jail: ‘Whip it, whip it good’

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HENRICO, Va. (WTVR)--Suspects involved in the death investigation of reserve Waynesboro Police Captain Kevin Quick made a court appearance Monday.

During the visit to the Henrico County Jail, one suspect could be heard saying “Whoop, Whoop!” and another yelling back, “Whip it, whip it good!”

A gang expert CBS 6 reporter Jon Burkett spoke with says that's how gang members show support for each other.  Basically, it’s: ‘I’ve got your back.’

Leslie Casterlow, Halisi Uhuru, Anthony White and Anthony Stokes all took turns in a jailhouse video-conference room chair Monday afternoon, facing a judge through the lens of a camera.

They learned they will be held without bond on a gang charge.

Additionally, for three of them, their murder charge was “nulle prossed,” or set aside, at least for now.

That’s part of the prosecution strategy, says CBS 6 legal expert Todd Stone.  "The goal of the prosecutor is to hold them so they are not a threat to the public, or a flight risk,” Stone said.  “They can pressure them to talk.”

Casterlow broke down in tears during her conference, upon hearing the murder charge was dropped.

The suspected “Bloods”  gang members Stokes and Uhuru apparently tried to communicate their support for each other by making those guttural sounds or screaming the lyrics from that bygone Devo song.

Is that a concern for investigators?

"It's definitely something we take a look at,” Dep. Chief Richard Garrison.  “But some of it is just typical inmate behavior. It's an emotionally charged time for the inmates."

CBS 6 was not allowed to speak with any of the suspects as all of them were about to be awarded court-appointed attorneys.

Still unexplained, though, is what role the four played, if any, in the murder of Quick.

Quick, 45, was an auxiliary police captain and resident of Waynesboro, a small town west of Charlottesville. Auxiliary officers aren't paid but hold ranks, have badges and carry firearms like full-time officers.

He was last seen the night of January 31 after he left the house he shared with his mother. His remains were found last Thursday.

Authorities have not revealed the cause of death or explained any connection between Quick and the suspects.

Two other suspects arrested last Tuesday, siblings Daniel Mathis and Mersadies Shelton, are held each on charges of felony grand theft for allegedly stealing Quick's vehicle, a 1999 Toyota 4Runner. They are not being charged in connection with Quick's death.

Another man, Anthony Lee White, 22, was arrested after the others were already in custody, and White also will face gang participation charges, Stokes' office said.

Legal expert Stone says he expects charges will change quite a few times before a trial is set.  "They want to put all their ducks in a row and figure out what the appropriate charges are,” Stone said.  “Usually murders will be handled in the state system."

Casterlow, Uhuru and Stokes are all  being held in solitary confinement.

They are permitted one hour of recreation each day and will not have contact with each other while behind bars.


  • Greg

    This article is too funny. These clowns just make a few silly noises and the reporter thinks he has to consult a “gang expert” to get a translation. Wake up! These guys grew up with your kids. They are not from Kuala Lumpur. Not every noise they make is a code for society’s downfall.


    This article is laughable. The term is “nolle prossed” and not ‘nulle prossed.” Also where in the American Justice system do Defendants get awarded an attorney? If the writer of this is unsure the answer is never. Attorneys are either hired or appointed by the court. They are never awarded like a prize. You do not have a consitutional right to a prize but you do to an attorney. You also might want to find another gang expert if he is telling you ridiculous tales of “whoop whoop” being gang slang.

  • Dustin Cavanaugh

    Funny looking at the ignorant people in this thread thinking they know anything. I’ve passed notes for them before. Another saying is “I’ve got blood in my eye” which is used to indicate gang affiliation when meeting other gang members in a nonchalant way. You people thinking you know more than you do, you are ignorant. They are right, they have code words, I know this because i’ve seen the list.

  • david

    so they use a white bands song as their gang speech,wow.tough dudes we have here.thanks mom and dad,well at least mom cause we know dad can’t be found

  • Greg

    “That big, scary one just said he needs to use the men’s room. We think it MEANS something!” Use your common sense, folks. They don’t need to encode a comment that isn’t even a secret. We already know that they support each other.

    • Dustin Cavanaugh

      You use common sense. They have a code. They have many unnecessary code words for various things. Stop assuming you know more than you do. The reason they know what that means and this article is happening is because there are people that study the local gangs.

  • Nate Thompson

    what i find odd is they put the murder charges aside and then admit that their job is to keep them in jail so they are not a flight risk while they find more evidence. im not sure that that is how the justice system is supposed to work. innocent until proven guilty does not mean held until we can make a case stick. if these people had a decent attorney this wouldn’t stick for a minute. the very gang activity they were arrested for, killing a cop and dumping the body, is now not being pursued, so how can they move forward with more charges that are unrelated to this when clearly any warrants they had for these people included these very charges? im not saying i think these are good people but this seems to me like an abuse of the system somewhat. if they can do it to these people then they can do it to any of us. i think this whole process deserves a more in depth look.

    • John

      Yea those attorneys are always found under stones. I got more from Nate Thompson than Todd Stone. Where did 6 find this legal eagle?

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