Easton man pleads guilty in city homicide

Mirad “Rad” Shabazz, 20, of Easton, pleaded guilty Friday to third degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and flight to avoid apprehension in connection with the Jan. 9, 2013, execution-style slaying of Pennsylvania College of Technology student Terell Hasan Henderson-Littles, 21.

Also charged in the slaying is Jason “Spazza” C. Gardner, 19, currently incarcerated at the Lycoming County Prison. Gardner has not yet entered a plea and his trial date has not yet been scheduled.

Gardner and Shabazz allegedly met with Henderson-Littles to purchase marijuana from him, according to police.

Henderson-Littles was dropped off at the intersection of Susquehanna Avenue and West Fourth Street by friend Colton Engel. Engel saw two men approach Henderson-Littles. Engel then drove around the block, waiting for his friend to complete the transaction. A short time later, Henderson-Littles called Engel, asking to be picked back up.

Nothing seemed out of the ordinary to Engel as he pulled into a nearby parking lot to wait for Henderson-Littles. There was no arguing or fighting going on between Henderson-Littles and the two men, Engel told police.

Suddenly, Engel saw one of the men raise his arm toward Henderson-Littles and heard a loud bang. He saw “blood in the air” and watched his friend fall to the ground, Engel told police.

Engel could not identify which of the two men – Gardner or Shabazz – had fired the weapon, according to his testimony at a preliminary hearing.

Shabazz’ sentencing will be deferred until after Gardner’s trial, according to court sources.