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The Charles County Sheriff’s Office and Charles County Crime Solvers have increased the reward for any information that leads to an arrest in the death of a La Plata man nearly one year ago.

Martin Hawkins Jr., 32, of La Plata was shot and killed at 8:30 p.m. April 18, 2012, in the 200 block of Kent Avenue.

Hawkins was found lying in the roadway when officers arrived after hearing gunshots.

Since the shooting, officers have gone to nearby neighborhoods on multiple occasions seeking information and handing out fliers.

The reward is now $10,000, up to $9,000 offered by the sheriff’s office and up to $1,000 from Crime Solvers.

Based on information provided from the sheriff’s office, investigators have pursued many leads and have received information that helped identify a possible suspect. Investigators, however, need more information in order to solidify the case.

According to the police, someone who called Crime Solvers shortly after the shooting provided important information pertaining to the case and investigators would like to hear back from that caller.

Hawkins’ sister, Nicole Hawkins of Camp Springs, said raising the reward is a good idea and that maybe people who have information will start to talk.

Hawkins said the shooting took place a year ago this week, and while there have been no significant updates to the investigation so far, she said she is glad to know the sheriff’s office is still working on it.

Anyone with information is asked to call detective John Elliott at 301-609-6515.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS, text CHARLES and a tip to CRIMES or go to to submit a tip.