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UPDATED: Berlin Teen Faces Life in Prison in Other Teen's Murder

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BERLIN, Md.- A Berlin teenager, charged with the murder of another, could spend his life behind bars.

Vershawn Hudson-Crawford, 16, is accused of killing 17-year-old Dehaven Nichols. He's being tried as an adult.

According to Maryland State Police, in May, the two teenagers got in a fight in a ditch behind an apartment complex near Route 113.

According to court documents, Hudson-Crawford came to police two days after that deadly fight to confess to choking Nichols to death.  

"It's heartbreaking that a young kid would lose his life," Anthony Dixon said. 

Nichols' body was found in the woods after Hudson-Crawford reported the incident to police, WBOC previously reported.

Hudson-Crawford told police, according to court documents, that after the fight he went home to take a shower and threw his clothes into a trashcan outside. 

Worcester County State's Attorney Kris Heiser said her office is now seeking a life sentence without the possibility of parole. 

"Obviously the state feels that it is what we would call a heinous criminal act that took place," Attorney William Hall said.

Hall, who is not connected to the case, said the state must have a confident reason to seek such punishment. 

"Obviously the state thinks that this is a very, very serious case. In fact there's nothing more that they could charge because this is the most serious charge in the book," Hall said. 

Dixon says all the facts need to be evaluated in such a difficult case like this.

"They may be wrong for what they did, but the level of lethality of punishment may not be appropriate," Dixon said. "We lost a young kid's life, but do we lose two because we're hurt and angry we lost one? We have to make sure."

Hudson-Crawford's trial is expected to begin in early September in Worcester County.

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