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April 29, 2008
I got this off the wire and it related since it is from Delaware, my home state. This involves a young man that I heard was well-liked, mild mannered, cool, in a popular fraternity (Kappa Alpha Psi), college grad (University of DE) and had owned a real estate company.
The DE News Journal wrote this piece.

A 29-year-old Newark man is facing a first-degree murder charge after repeatedly shooting his girlfriend’s former boyfriend, police said.

Sylvester Marchman, 29, is accused of killing Shawn Black, 34, late Friday night outside a Clearview Ridge Townhome in the 600 block of Benham Court, near Pike Creek, New Castle County police said.

The shooting happened at about 11:30 p.m. after Black forced his way into the home, police said.

Black and Marchman got into a dispute that spilled into the driveway of the girlfriend’s home, police said.

Marchman ran to his car, got a handgun, repeatedly shot Black and went back inside, police said. When officers arrived, they found the victim lying on the ground with numerous gunshot wounds.

Marchman surrendered and the gun was found inside the home, police said.

After failing to post $100,000 secured bail, Marchman was taken to Young Correctional Institution. He also is charged with possession of a handgun during a felony.

Hope Marchman didn’t do this or has a great reason behind it.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2008 3:11 am

    Wow. I want to see a pic of the girlfriend.

  2. April 29, 2008 3:17 am

    that don’t even matter. it could be ciara or something and not be worth that!

  3. April 29, 2008 12:30 pm

    Most dudes I know that were murdered were killed for the following reasons:

    1. SOME P*SSY
    2. Dope
    3. Money

    Go figure…

  4. April 29, 2008 1:39 pm

    dayum another brother gone……im gettin sick of this…..

  5. April 29, 2008 3:05 pm

    What you mean u hope he got a reason/?!?! The story say Black forced his way into the house….then he got shot. What else is supposed to happen??! I come running up in yo house….u need to shoot me.

  6. Crash Connectikoot permalink
    April 29, 2008 3:10 pm

    This reminds me of some shit that happened back in ’97. A friend of mine dated this girl who’s ex had the code for her pager. He and my boy went back & forth at eachother, leaving voicemails & shit. The girl dumps my man & gets back with her ex, she decides she wants to collect her stuff at midnight one night. Which we told her no to, that we’d get it to her the next morning. She shows up with 20-30 armed people and start trying to get inside. My boy’s whole fam’s home, so he goes out. The ex attacks him, twice, each time being warned to leave & he does it a third time, along with one of his punk ass motherfuckin boys that sucker punches my man. My man stabs the ex and he dies. The prosecutors tried to put him away for 60yrs, my man was afraid to take it to trial & lose and took a plea. Mostly cause there were 25 witnesses for the prosecution ( some of whom admitted that they were cracked out at the time) and three of us for his defense. He spent the best years of his life (16-24) locked up because of some fucking cunt and her bitch-made boyfriend.

  7. April 29, 2008 5:00 pm

    This is crazy, this is my Frat. There has to be a good reason, and by the look of thing it looks like it was justfired if homey broke into his crib

  8. K-oz permalink
    April 29, 2008 6:25 pm

    What are you guys upset about? I say marchman is innocent, or should get off with a light sentence.

    The other dude ‘FORCED” his way into his house. last I checked if you ‘force’ your way into someone’s property they have the RIGHT to shoot your ass. Or am i wrong?

    I think police is on some ho shit on this one.
    Come on now, think about it, no matter what reason, if you force your way into someone’s house you are willingly putting yourself at risk of injury.

    Even police can’t ‘foce their way’ into a home without permission or a warrant right?

  9. truthseeker1234 permalink
    April 29, 2008 6:37 pm

    Everyone thinks the world is coming to and end and I think that is great. This world is far from anyone’s expectations. Let us end this world and start a new one.

  10. jay_everyday permalink
    April 29, 2008 8:38 pm

    That’s a shame. Reminds me of The Boondocks episode where Huey spoke of “Nigga Moments.”

  11. Lojik Supreme permalink
    April 29, 2008 10:16 pm

    Whoa, yes another brother is gone, but….
    a. duke ran up in their crib.
    b. the couple felt their lives were in danger.

    I don’t know what part of the world the commentors are from but let’s see what you do if ya shorties/man’s ex breaks into your HOME…and starts some shit. Especially if you got heat lying around. I mean what u gonna offer a cookie or some soft shit like that? Sun, ya buggin’. I’m sorry but there would be alot of clappin’ and I’m not talkin’ after concert clappin’ either.

  12. mr38109 permalink
    April 30, 2008 12:45 am

    dude got shot for bustin in somebody else place, simple as that. the fact that the would-be kick doorist was a ex-boyfriend to curry p*ssy just made it easier to pull the trigger. not sure what DE laws are, but if it was in memphis, that sh*t would be a self defense killing.

  13. mr38109 permalink
    April 30, 2008 12:49 am

    and illseed, that clip of bow wow, that mane look like a ranting and raving sissy

  14. Ashley permalink
    April 30, 2008 2:35 am

    This is so sad. What is the world coming to?

  15. getthefacts permalink
    April 30, 2008 11:57 am

    The victim, also, was “well-liked, mild mannered, cool, college grad and had owned a real estate (investment) company.” The News Journal has not printed ANY details of the story. This matter is more complicated than the article belays. Shawn would only have “forced his way” into the house if he feared that the female/children were in danger. According to the rumor mill, she had called him that night to come help her. I hope that she will come forward and explain what happened that night. These were 2 good men, whose lives are now over.

  16. stillnotta permalink
    May 20, 2008 6:27 pm

    getthefacts — Don’t be stupid and don’t spread rumors. If you would have gone to the preliminary hearing if you actually new the people involved you would know that the victim’s real estate business was based on fraud and deception. That’s right I said it and know it first hand. Also the victim left the f-ing kids at home alone on a Friday night. In fact the so called girlfriend didn’t have their son that night. It was the fathers turn to have them, did I mention that was Black. So now I state he chose to leave them(the kids) at home to come to her house to attack and hurt them. He beat Marchman, choked him and threatened to kill him. Marchman went to his car to get away only to find all 4 of his tired slashed, a gun shot hole in the gas tank of the vehicle and a stronger, larger Black coming after him for more. OH YEAH DID I MENTION THAT BLACK HAD A CROE BAR, SCREW DRIVER, AND A GUN HOLSTER ON HIS HIP.. Let’s also mention that the 9MM that Black had was loaded in his car (but I guess you missed that part). Marchman who has a license to carry a loaded weapon yelled for the neighbor to call 911 and warned Black to stop. Black kept coming and Marchman fired. LET’S SPEAK ABOUT SELF DEFENSE, CHARACTER, LIFE AND DEATH. Don’t send negative BLOGS WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW $HIT. So let’s sum this whole thing up… Police report shows the victim left his children home alone without adult supervision, he broke into the home and ran straight at Marchman and attacked him while Marchman sat on the couch. Marchman then retreated, asked for help before being pursued again, and a result… one man is dead multiple children lose a father and another prosperous life is compromised. All of this to save your own life as well as the young lady’s. He did all that he could do to defend his self in self defense. This is a classic case surviving a life threatening situation.

    • SgtUSMC permalink
      September 8, 2010 7:34 pm

      stillnotta – is 100% accurate. I just found out today 2 years later as I was away and if you knew Mr. Marchman, you would know a kind, straight as an arrow, good, contributing human being. I am dismayed that all of the details that stillnotta presented are not in the report as well as a follow up explaining what had happened. If in the same situation in Iraq no one would have batted an eye, but here in USA the defendent does 2 weeks in jail, and months of litigation over $20,000 in fees… all because he was protecting himself LEGALLY. As stillnotta pointed out… The defendent is a law abiding citizen and was issued a permit to carry in the state of Delaware. He DID NOTHING WRONG. I am just glad he had the gun, because he would be dead right now.

  17. June 4, 2008 6:00 pm

    I cannot find any information on this storry. If what stillnotta commented is right, Spike should not be guilty of anything but self defense. I went to school with Spike for years and he is a good man. A better man than most that I know! My prayers go out to all the victims in this terrible tragedy!

  18. whatevr permalink
    June 8, 2008 4:32 am

    stillnotta- All you say may be true, but you need to think about the details that you DONT know about, and also tell us again why neither Spike or the girlfriend NEVER called 911, not during or even after he shoot him to death… Yeah, think you can answer that Mr./Ms. KnowItAll…NOT!

  19. dont know permalink
    June 23, 2008 11:13 am

    I am not sure what went on that night b/c I wasn’t there. There are always three stories, his/her’s and the truth. All I knonw is we can all sit back and judge but we don’t know what we would have done until we were in that position. Stillnotta, you ask why didn’t they call 911…I am sure they were in SHOCK, caught up in the moment…wasn’t thinking. We shouldn’t guess , we shouldn’t judge b/c we were there. Bottom line. It’s sad all the way around 😦

  20. September 11, 2008 1:59 am

    i kno ” blacc ” forced his way into tha house but he shoodnt have shot him tht many times . thts sum bitch shit . he coodve shot him once & left it alone . or simply beat tha shyt outta him . bkus aint nobody boutta qo bacc afta qettin shot & if they do then they hella bold . but aint no puss* in tha world tht damn qood to b killin niqqas ova . thts jus whut i think

  21. Kwes in ATL permalink
    October 10, 2008 3:29 pm

    Yo Illseed,

    I’m still trippin off of this since I heard if from my people who is still in DE…I , like you, know Spike and his folks and I’m sure it’s hard for his parents and also his sister…My thoughts and prays go out to them…

  22. anon permalink
    October 21, 2008 7:00 pm

    What’s the latest on this case? I went to school with Spike and saw the article online last April. Nothing else has been reported.

  23. Hundotnet permalink
    December 20, 2008 5:07 am

    I thought Shawn was a great guy,and a savvy business man. Its a shame this happened.
    Wrong or right, its just sad. Anymore news would be appreciated

  24. Richie Barwick permalink
    December 29, 2008 7:43 pm

    I’ve known Spikey and his brother Shelton since 1984.We lived next to each other in England[ dads were in Air Force].I last saw the Marchmans in 1988.It looks like Spikey and Shelton turned out welll,I hope Spikey gets through this okay.
    Richie Barwick

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