W.Va. woman arrested as fugitive from justice

Woman held in connection with Saturday shootings

Woman held in connection with Saturday shootings

October 21, 2002|by PEPPER BALLARD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman was arrested in her home early Sunday in connection with the shooting deaths of a 16-year-old mother and her infant daughter on a street in Walkersville, Md., Saturday.

Sonya Marie Daniels, 25, of 110 Georgetown Square, is being held without bond at Eastern Regional Jail, police said.

She was charged Sunday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court after being served a fugitive warrant for two counts of first-degree murder, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Daniels is scheduled to appear in Berkeley County Circuit Court today for an extradition hearing.

Deanne Maria Prichard and her 5-week-old daughter, Makayla Ann Frost, were shot in the street near their home on Discovery Boulevard in Walkersville at about 3:45 p.m. Prichard's brother, whom neighbors said is about 8 or 9 years old, escaped unharmed, police said.


The victims were shot at close range once in the head, Frederick County State's Attorney Scott Rolle said.

He said the shootings were not related to the sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Daniels was arrested around 1:20 a.m. Sunday by detectives from Martinsburg City Police and the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

Uniformed officers from the Martinsburg Police Department and Berkeley County Sheriff's Department searched Daniels' home and car.

Several witnesses saw the shooting and were questioned Saturday. Police were looking for a black woman driving a dark green minivan, said Frederick County Sheriff's Department Lt. Tim Clark.

Martinsburg Police Department detectives found a van matching the witnesses' description near Daniels' residence at around 9 p.m. Saturday.

Once Daniels got into the van to drive it, about a half-hour after it was spotted, police pulled it over and detained the vehicle, allowing Daniels to leave the scene of the stop.

She later was arrested after police obtained search warrants for the vehicle and home.

A man across the street from the incident heard the two gunshots and ran out of his house to follow the van, but the pursuit ended when the woman reportedly pointed a handgun at him, police said.

The victims' bodies were sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore for autopsies, according to Larry West, a forensic investigator.

The shootings occurred in a middle-income neighborhood of townhouses, Frederick County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jennifer Bailey said.

Discovery Boulevard is just outside Walkersville city limits, part of an unincorporated neighborhood tucked between the city's southern boundaries.

Walkersville is northeast of Frederick, Md.

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