A Maryland mother's persistent demand for justice has landed a second man in court in connection with the 1999 murder of her son.
Charlotte Gray sat in a third-floor courtroom inside D.C. Superior Court this week and looked on as Keith Fogle was arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder.
Fogle is expected to be a co-defendant with Cederick Shuler, who was arrested in July of 2011.
Police believe both men killed Edward Gray in a case of mistaken identity.
On March 22, 1999, Charlotte Gray lost something precious. Her son Edward was gunned down as he drove along Alabama Avenue in Southeast D.C.
It is a neighborhood where Edward's girlfriend's daughter had just been the victim of an attempted robbery. He was going there to pick her up and take her someplace safe.
"He was doing the right thing," said Charlotte. "He was helping somebody else, and unfortunately, other people who don't care about other people's lives, didn't stop long enough to find out, ‘Is this the person we want?"'
Edward was killed, police say, by two gunmen who fired more than 20 bullets at his green Chevy Tahoe --the same make, model and color of a feared rival.
Police had names early on, but they couldn't close the case.
"This issue has not been just for me," Charlotte said. "His dad died a few years ago, but he died calling his son. He said his son was in the room that day and he asked me, ‘Has it been solved? Has it ever been solved?' And I had to say no, so I had to keep on fighting."
It is a fight that had Charlotte on her computer writing letters. She even met with the chief of police.
It is a persistence that paid off when cold case prosecutor Amanda Haines teamed up with Detectives Todd Williams and Tony Brigidini. These investigators found enough evidence to first charge Shuler in the summer of 2011.
"I've talked to other mothers over these years and they said, ‘How did you do it?"' Charlotte told us. "And I said you've got to be persistent. You've got to let them know that you loved your child."
Charlotte Gray now waits patiently for the wheels of justice to turn. As she stood outside the courthouse this week, she said she just wants Edward's kids to know what a good man their father was.
"I owe it to those children to let them know your daddy died, but he died doing a good thing," said Charlotte. "But his memory will always live, because every day I live, Ed lives. I miss him. I can't begin to tell you how much I miss him and I wish we didn't have to go through this."
Cederick Shuler has rejected a plea offer and it looks as if both he and Keith Fogle will be going to trial.
The government has filed a motion requesting the men be tried together.
Fogle was already locked up when he was indicted, serving time on a drug conviction.
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