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Charges not filed against man in toddler's slaying

Prosecutors decide not to charge man arrested days after drive-by shooting

D'Angelo Wilson was accused of accessory to murder in connection with the drive-by shooting death of Aiden McClendon, but formal charges were not filed against him.
D'Angelo Wilson was accused of accessory to murder in connection with the drive-by shooting death of Aiden McClendon, but formal charges were not filed against him.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man arrested in February in the drive-by shooting death of 22-month-old Aiden McClendon will not face charges in the case, the State Attorney's Office decided.

D’Angelo Wilson was arrested Feb. 4 -- six days after the boy was killed -- as part of the follow-up investigation.

Wilson's arrest report indicated he was charged with accessory to murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was jailed on a $1 million bond.

But the State Attorney's Office said that Wilson's actions "did not rise to the level of a prosecutorial offense," and that formal charges were not filed against him.

Police have accused Henry Hayes IV, 17, of firing the shots that killed 22-month-old Aiden while targeting a member of Aiden’s family in what was described as an ongoing gang rivalry.

According to court records, the Toyota used in the killing was taken the night before Aiden was killed. Sanquan Bradford, 18, was arrested Feb. 9, and  charged with carjacking and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held on $2.7 million bond.

Bradford is not charged in Aiden’s death, but court records indicate he is a witness in the investigation and has provided police with a statement. Police have also obtained his cellphone records. Police also have a statement from Hayes.

Hayes has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and possession of a weapon by a Florida delinquent adult.

Hayes' attorney asked for a speedy trial, which Florida law specifies would have to happen by Sept. 1. If convicted on all charges, Hayes could be sentenced to a total of 65 years in prison.

Police say the intended target of the shooting was Aiden's 19-year-old cousin, Reginald Williams, who is in a rival gang. Aiden was sitting in a car with his mother and grandmother in front of their Eastside home on Jan. 29 when he was shot.