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Ward due to be arraigned today

July 16, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A Frederick, Md., man being held in New York City on murder charges stemming from a 2002 shooting in Hagerstown is expected to be returned to Hagerstown today.

Hagerstown Police Lt. Rick Johnson said Karim Ali Ward, 27, will be taken before a Washington County District Court commissioner at about 5 or 6 p.m. today for arraignment on charges stemming from the Dec. 14, 2002, shooting death of Carl Anthony Wallace.

Ward faces charges of first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and carrying a handgun.

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Hagerstown Detective Shawn Schultz and Officer Todd Webster traveled to New York Tuesday and expect to take custody of Ward, who was being held on a fugitive warrant, at about 10 a.m. today, Johnson said.

Ward signed a waiver of extradition Friday, three days after he was taken into custody by members of the NYPD's Anti-Crime Squad, 32nd Precinct.

Police allege that Ward shot Wallace in the 400 block of North Jonathan Street during a street fight between Ward's friend and Wallace's girlfriend. Wallace was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.

Wallace had moved to Hagerstown from Asbury Park, N.J., six weeks before the shooting to be with his girlfriend, Takima Nicole White.

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

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