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Man wanted in fatal shooting agrees to extradition

July 13, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

A Frederick, Md., man wanted by the Hagerstown Police Department in connection with a fatal shooting last December on Jonathan Street has agreed to be extradited from New York, police said Saturday.

"We are very pleased that the process is moving quickly," Hagerstown City Police Lt. Rick Johnson said.

Police representatives plan to travel to New York on Wednesday to pick up Karim Ali Ward, 27, after hearing Ward signed a waiver of extradition Friday, police said.

Members of the New York Police Department's Anti-Crime Squad, 32nd Precinct, took Ward, of the 1700 block of Springhouse Court, into custody Tuesday on a fugitive warrant. Ward was being held in New York, awaiting extradition to Maryland on charges in Washington County.

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He is charged in warrants with first- and second-degree murder stemming from the Dec. 14, 2002, shooting of Carl Anthony Wallace of Asbury Park, N.J. The warrants will be served when Ward arrives in Washington County, Johnson said.

On Dec. 14, Hagerstown police received a call at 3:38 a.m. reporting shots had been fired on Jonathan Street near the intersection with Charles Street. When officers arrived, they found Wallace lying in the road.

Wallace was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police alleged that an altercation apparently stemmed from a street fight between Wallace's girlfriend, 22-year-old Takima Nicole White, formerly of the 400 block of North Jonathan Street, and Ward's friend, 23-year-old Asia Shanni Burns of no fixed address. Police alleged that Ward produced a handgun during the fight, fired it several times in the air and then shot Wallace, who was watching the fight with up to a dozen other people.

Wallace had moved to Hagerstown from Asbury Park, N.J., six weeks earlier to be with White, police said.

Hours after the shooting, police charged Ward with two counts of murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and carrying a handgun.

A week after the shooting, the case was featured on the Fox network television show "America's Most Wanted." Ward's picture and description, along with information about the crime, were broadcast nationally.

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