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Man says gunman chased car

February 11, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - The co-worker of a Maugansville woman who was fatally wounded after she was picked up for work Tuesday told police he was chased onto Interstate 81 by the gunman after three shots were fired into his vehicle, according to allegations in charging documents filed in Washington County District Court.

Ricky Rinaldo Stallings Jr., 23, whose address is listed in court records as 6088 Molly Pitcher Highway, Apt. 3, in Chambersburg, Pa., faces 16 charges in Washington County related to the shooting death of Mary Elizabeth Williams, 34.

During a bond review hearing Thursday, Washington County District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. ordered Stallings to be held without bond at the county jail.

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Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michele Ferris Hansen told Long that Stallings has an extensive record of criminal convictions, most of them in Montgomery County, Md., and is a flight risk because he has ties to Virginia residents.

Stallings was charged with first- and second-degree murder, attempted first- and second-degree murder, handgun on person, handgun in a vehicle, illegal possession of a handgun and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, according to court records. He also was charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a handgun in a felony/violent crime in connection with Williams' death, records state.

Some of Stallings' prior convictions were for unlawful use of a motor vehicle, malicious destruction of property and theft, Hansen said.

She said Stallings was on probation, which was not due to end until June 2007.

A preliminary hearing for Stallings was scheduled for March 9 at 1 p.m. in District Court.

Police allege that Stallings, the nephew of Williams' estranged husband, L. Richard Williams, fatally shot the woman at about 8 a.m. Tuesday on Alpine Drive, to the side of her 13915 Maugansville Road home.

According to charging documents, Williams was sitting in the passenger seat of a co-worker's vehicle outside her house when Stallings pulled up on the passenger side of the vehicle and motioned with a handgun for her to get out.

The co-worker, Christopher Hobart, who had just picked up Williams in his Chevrolet Lumina, said that when he saw Stallings had a gun, he put the vehicle in drive and drove away, charging documents state.

Hobart stated he heard several gunshots as he was driving away. Hobart stated that as he began to get on Interstate 81, Williams slumped over in the passenger seat, according to charging documents.

The sport utility vehicle Stallings was driving had been following Hobart as he was getting onto the interstate, but Hobart told police that he lost the assailant because he was driving fast, according to court documents.

Police determined that three shots were fired into the car, one of which struck Williams on the right side of her chest, according to court documents. Another bullet missed Hobart's head by about 18 inches, charging documents say.

A spent 9 mm shell casing was found on the road near where the shooting occurred, according to court documents.

Stallings was taken into custody in Chambersburg, Pa., about three hours after the shooting. He waived extradition Wednesday in Franklin County, Pa., and was returned to Washington County later in the day.

Sheriff's department investigator Gregory Alton said Thursday that the sheriff's department is asking a witness who might have seen something important to the case just before the shooting to contact him at 240-313-2185. Investigators believe the witness saw a suspicious vehicle at Maugansville Creamery before the shooting.

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