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Woman sought in two deaths returned to Md.

October 22, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

A Martinsburg woman who was arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of a 16-year-old mother and her infant daughter in Walkersville, Md., Saturday waived extradition to Frederick County, Md., during an appearance in Berkeley County Circuit Court Monday afternoon.

By Monday evening, Sonya Marie Daniels, 25, of 110 Georgetown Square, had been released from Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg and was being held at the Frederick County Jail without bond, jail officials in Frederick said.

Daniels entered Berkeley County Circuit Court in shackles and listened as Circuit Judge David Sanders described several alternatives available to her.

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Sanders told Daniels she could wait for the governors in Maryland and West Virginia to take action to return her to Frederick County. Daniels also could file papers arguing she was not in Maryland at the time of the shootings, Sanders said.

If Daniels fought the return to Maryland, Sanders warned her that she would not get credit for the time she serves in jail during the period.

Daniels decided to waive extradition to Frederick County.

She signed about six copies of court papers and Sanders informed her that a defense attorney would be set up for her when she returns to Frederick County.

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

Deanne Maria Prichard and her 5-week-old daughter, Makayla Ann Frost, died after they were shot near their home on Discovery Boulevard in Walkersville at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday. Daniels reportedly had argued with Prichard just before the shooting.

The victims were shot at close range once in the head, Frederick County State's Attorney Scott Rolle said. A man across the street from the incident heard the 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.

Daniels was arrested in her home about 1:20 a.m. Sunday by detectives from the Martinsburg Police Department and the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

Police were looking for a black woman driving a dark green minivan and Martinsburg Police detectives found a van matching the witnesses' description near Daniels' residence at about 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.

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