Man charged in connection with November homicide of Wayne Ellington Sr.

     Wayne Ellington Sr. crashed a car on this block of Marion Street after being shot in the head. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

    Wayne Ellington Sr. crashed a car on this block of Marion Street after being shot in the head. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

    A 34-year-old Germantown man was charged Thursday in connection with the Nov. 9 shooting death of Wayne Ellington Sr., whose namesake son plays professional basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers.

    According to police, the motive for the homicide was an argument in the 5200 block of Marion St. in Germantown’s Penn-Knox section.

    Carl White, of the 5100 block of Greene St., was charged with murder and related offenses in connection with Ellington’s death.

    Police were called to the 5200 block of Marion St. just after 8 p.m. on Nov. 9 for a report of gunshots. There, they found Ellington, 57, in the driver’s seat of an Oldsmobile “suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the left side of his head.”

    He was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center where he was declared dead about three hours later.

    In the wake of the tragedy, Ellington’s son took a two-week hiatus from work.

    He issued a statement that read, “My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder. We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”

    According to court records, White’s criminal history includes a guilty plea for unlicensed gun possession and various drug charges.

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